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It’s no surprise that a lot of us end up calling for professional help for plumbing jobs. We’ve all seen those comedy skits where the man of the house tries to fix a leaky kitchen sink and ends up flooding the house. However, considering hourly plumber charges could range anywhere between $45 and $150, learning how to handle smaller plumbing problems ourselves doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. To begin with, here’s a step by step look at how to change a kitchen faucet.
The average cost to install a new faucet is between $300 to $1150. It also could take you up to four hours to complete the job. Here’s the right way to go about it.
What You Need to Buy
The first thing you’ll have to do is examine your existing faucet set up and see what parts you may need to replace. Here’s a list of things you may need to buy.
- Check under your kitchen sink and buy the right type of faucet depending on the number of holes there are. There should be between one and four. Remember that a four-hole faucet cannot be installed in a one-hole sink. You could, however, use an escutcheon plate to install a one hole faucet in a four-hole sink.
- Also, you may need new shut off valves if the old ones aren’t fully functional or are worn out.
- You may need to buy new supply tubes. Buy stainless steel-sleeved supply tubes for longer durability. They’re also designed to avoid kinking while being installed around obstacles.
- Check your tool kit and see if you have the right tools. You’ll need an adjustable basin wrench, slip joint pliers, a tubing cutter, and a set of open-ended wrenches. If you don’t have these, go out and buy them.
There may always be other things you may need to buy, so we’d suggest you plan to work during store business hours, just in case you need to run back for supplies.
Removing Your Old Faucet
The first thing to do while replacing a kitchen faucet is to remove the old faucet. Let’s walk you through the process.
- Turn off the water valves under your sink to shut off the water supply to your lines. Then, relieve the pressure in the water lines by turning on the faucet. If you have a disposal connected to the sink, turn off the power to it and disconnect it.
- Disconnect the water supply lines. Before you do so, we’d suggest you take a picture of the plumbing configuration so you know how to connect it back. Use a bucket to contain any spillage.
- You will need an extra pair of hands for the next step. Get someone to hold the faucet in place while you use a basin wrench to remove the washers and nuts holding the faucet in place. If your faucet has plastic nuts, you may be able to disconnect it using your hands. If they’re very tight, use a pair of pliers to loosen them before taking them off using your hands.
- Remove the retaining bracket and the sprayer.
- Unhook the supply lines, and you’ve successfully removed your old faucet!
Installing Your New Faucet
Now that you’ve removed your old faucet, here’s how to install the new faucet. Most manufacturers provided detailed instructions for installing a new kitchen faucet.
- Install the rubber or plastic gasket over your kitchen sink’s faucet holes before setting the deck plate. Some manufacturers may need you to use plumber’s putty or caulk to install the gasket, so read the instructions.
- Depending on the kind of faucet you’re installing, feed your faucet lines into the designated holes.
- Install your nuts and washers underneath the sink. Now would also be the best time to clean any excess caulk from installing the gasket.
- If you’re installing a pull-down faucet, the supply pipe now ought to be attached to the quick-connect hose. Once that is done, attach the weight on the hose. Remember to ensure there’s sufficient clearance for the weight to hang freely. Fix the training lines of the faucet through the other holes.
- Secure the faucet using the mounting provided by the manufacturer. Tighten it in place using a screwdriver.
- Next, connect the water supply lines. An adjustable wrench is used to tighten the nuts. Be careful while tightening the nuts of the supply lines. Use plumber’s tape to secure the lines if necessary.
- Check if you’ve connected everything properly by turning on the water slowly. If there’s a leak, turn off the water and tighten the connections again.
- Turn on the faucet and let the water run for a while to clear the lines after removing the aerator from the faucet.
- Once again, check for any leaks and make adjustments if necessary. If there aren’t any leaks, replace the aerator. You’re done with installing a new kitchen faucet.
Get Started on Your DIY Adventures
We’re sure you’ve figured out that replacing your faucet is not really rocket science, provided you have the right kind of guidance. Keep coming back here and we’ll introduce you to new hacks ranging from DIY plumbing to DIY carpentry to every other aspect of home renovations that you could possibly handle without professional help.
But just in case you do need to hire a professional to help you, we’ve got you covered there as well.