DIY: Install a Kitchen Faucet

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How to install a kitchen faucet with confidence is really not hard at all. Saving money is what drives us to do things like car repair and home repair. Putting in a kitchen faucet is a task that is really not hard to do and requires little skill or knowledge most of the time. Replacing a faucet requires a new faucet this can be purchased at a local hardware store along with the tools to install it.

Basic tools needed are a strong flat head screw driver, a Phillips screw driver, two pair of channel lock pliers, a faucet wrench, plumber’s putty, a putty knife. Having the ability to lie on your back for an extended period of time and a helper does make the job easier.

First thing you want to do is turn on water hot and cold in sink then reach up under sink and turn water valves clockwise closing both hot and cold until water flow stops. The shut offs are located on the lines that are connected to the faucet. If the water does not shut off go to the main located in the basement or garage and shut that valve off. If this does not work shut the valve off at the street, with a tool you can buy from your local hardware store.

After shutting off the water climb under sink looking up you will see two stems coming from the top of the sink with two water lines attached. Turn the two nuts on the water lines counter clockwise until they are removed. After doing this you see two more nuts holding the facet in place these could also be screws. Try to turn the nuts counter clockwise using the faucet wrench, this will take a little effort, of course if it uses screws turn those counter clockwise as well removing them. If this does not come free easily if a person has mechanical skills try to break away metal O-Rings behind the nut after this is done faucet and nuts attached will go through top of sink easily. Now the faucet should be ready to remove.

After removing the faucet put your new faucet together and install it, having someone on the top line it up while it is tightened underneath. Putting plumbers putty around the holes between the top of sink and bottom of the faucet will help keep it water tight. After seating the faucet turn your nuts and or screws this time clockwise to tighten them. If the old faucet had a sprayer arm and the new one does not cover the whole with a metal plate that is made for the size whole on your sink, this can be purchased at a hardware or plumbing store.

After everything is tight turn on water slowly and retighten as needed to stop any water leaks this can be tricky so use a paper towel to dry everything off and a flash light to see with. This should rap up the technique on how to install a faucet.