Do you believe yourself to be a DIY guy? Then, you don’t want to pay off some extra bucks to install a new faucet on your kitchen. And in case you’re preparing to install the faucet yourself, this is the guide you must read.
Installing a faucet doesn’t begin with the setup process. To be straight forward, you have to be careful since when you’re purchasing a kitchen faucet.
Here are a few kinds of stuff to check before you buy and install a faucet-
Look through the bottom of the sink and check how many holes does the sink has. In general sense, there can be anything that can be one to four holes.
If you have four holes on the bottom of the sink, make sure you get a deck plate with the faucet you buy.
Make sure you have the right set of accessories(gasket, nuts) with the faucet model.
8 Steps to Setup a New Kitchen Faucet
Now, we’re at the core of the articles, for what you’ve landed on this page. Here is our 8-steps formula to replace your faucet of the kitchen and replace a new one instead.
Step 1: Loosen up the Old One
If you’re not using a faucet for the first time (which is a pretty rare case), you have to put off the older faucet in the kitchen. If you’re new to such faucets or installing one for the new home, then skip this step.
Turn off everything that connects to the waterline of the faucet. The list includes the sink tapes, the water valves, the disposal power and anything else, if applicable. Finally turn on the tape of the older faucet to release the pressure inside.
Take a picture of the plumbing setup, in case you need it for later.
Step 2: Remove the Old Faucet
As you’ve disconnected every sort of connections to the older faucet, now it’s time to move that off. You may need a helping hand who would hold the faucet in place while you’ll be loosening up the bolts and nuts.
Step 3: Clean the Sink Off
Before you set up a new kitchen faucet, it’s good to do some cleaning works on the sink’s surface and waterline. Most commonly, sealant and grime are the stuff that sticks the sink around. There are a few chemicals available to deal with such stubborn. Or you can also use a scrubber.
Step 4: Go Through the New Faucet’s Manual
As you know, every faucet has something new in it that differs it from others. In case you used something precisely similar, it’s better to guide yourself through the product annual.
Step 5: Set the Deck Place
As I’ve mentioned before, there can be a gasket in need if you chose to set up a 3 or 4-hole kitchen faucet. To set it up, use a plastic or rubber gasket, and a trim ring over the surface of the sink. And setup the gasket on it.
Later on, feed the faucet lines into the holes you have in the sink. The excess of pipe should be under the sink through the holes.
In the step of placing the gasket, there can be misalignments in dimension. So, it’s wise to use temporary chalks to be sure about the central placement of it. There is also stuff called Plumber’s Putty that may help you out.
Step 6: Install the Nuts and Washers
Now move for some job underneath the sink. As you’ve placed the pipes in the waterline, you need to set up the nuts and washers. For faucets that are pull down or something similar, use a quick-connection hose before you tighten up the bolts.
Step 7: Connect the Water Lines with the System
Now it’s one of the most crucial stages of connection your house’s water lines to the faucet. If you’re sure that you’ve bought the right faucet for the kitchen, then take advance thanks. The rest of the process will be too easy for you.
Connect the water supply lines to the pipes of the faucet. To joint them up, a plumber tape can be the best solution.
Beware of overtightening the connections. They may end up in mishaps.
Step 8: Remove the Aerator and Check for Flaws
We’re almost done. Now it’s time to proofread your work. Check for any leaks on the entire system with slow flows of water. Don’t forget to take away the aerator from the faucet head.
Run a decent amount of water till you’re sure about no leaks or flaws on the entire system.
If you’ve gone successfully, then congratulations! You’ve just done your plumbing of setting up a new faucet. Once you get done with it and know it’s pros and cons, every time you set up a new one, would look like no trouble at all.
Keep up the good works. Cheers!