There comes a time in the busy life of every home that the kitchen faucet must be replaced. That time came to my kitchen faucet
today and after about one hour of light work the job is done. Not only did I replace the faucet. I upgraded it a little. The fixture I installed today is a fair standard better than the $29.95 model I installed a couple years ago.
The process is fairly simple and requires only a new faucet kit, Teflon
pipe tape and a few of the proper tools. If you are a little handy, a lot patient and able to get under the sink on your back, you can do this plumbing
job. I have outlined the project for you and I have included some pictures to help you along.
You will need to purchase a new faucet kit that will fit your sink. You will also want to have a roll of Teflon plumber's tape to use on your threaded joints.Tools:
You should have a good set of open end wrenches, one large pliers or channel lock wrench, appropriate phillips screw driver and a work light. Please also remember to wear your safety glasses.The process:
To get a faucet kit that is sized for your sink you need the faucet's "center distance". That is a measurement that you can get by removing your old faucet or by looking at the faucet mounts under the sink. The gallery will help you get a clearer understanding of this important measurement.
Assuming that your project goes without a hitch, as mine did, the steps to replace a faucet are easy and nearly always the same. Here's how it works:
- Shut off the water supply to the faucet. Usually, there are shut off cocks near the faucet but if not, you may have to shut the water off near your main line.
- Remove the water feed lines from the faucet. You may wish to tag the hot water line "hot left" to take the guess work out of reconnecting.
- Remove the faucet hold down washers or spin nuts. These washers are under the counter top. They spin onto two studs that you will see by looking behind the sink from below the faucet. The stud and washer configurations come in different styles and types but they all do the same work of holding the faucet in place. Your job is to get them loosened up so you can remove the old faucet. The distance between those studs is your "center distance" as mentioned earlier.
- Once you have the faucet loose, it will be much easier to remove a sprayer line if there is one attached.
- Clean the area once the faucet is removed.
- Put the new, plastic faucet base plate in position.
- If there is a sprayer, replace the base for it (included in the kit) and feed the new line down through the sprayer base and back up through the center hole where the faucet will mount. Attach that line to the new faucet.
- Insert and firmly yet gently tighten the mounting studs into the bottom of the faucet base if they're not already.
- Insert the faucet into the appropriate location on your sink and install the faucet hold down washers or spin nuts.
- Reattach your water lines. Begin by lightly cleaning all threads with a soft cloth and then apply Teflon plumber's tape to the male threads of your connections Be careful not to cross thread anything when putting the connections together.
- Reestablish water pressure and check for leaks. It always helps to have a spotter / helper for this step.
A new kitchen faucet always gives me a special DIY feeling because a new faucet looks good, operates easier and can even save a little water by providing quick, positive shut off. Take your time and survey the entire job before you start. With a little time and patience, you too can have a bright new faucet in your home kitchen.