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How To Replace Your Kitchen Faucet


The kitchen faucet is one of the most vital plumbing components in the modern household. When the kitchen faucet fails, the kitchens functionality definitely suffers. No water for cooking, washing dishes or cleaning up.

Let’s take a look at what it takes to replace a Kitchen Faucet.


1. First step locate the plumbing connections and clear the way to reach them. Remove any cleaning supplies or other items under the sink. This allows easy access to the plumbing and faucet connections. Place the stoppers in the sink drains so not parts are lost down the drain. A work light comes in very handy in a dark and confined place such as under the sink.


2. Locate and turn off the hot and cold water valves, these are also known as angle stops. If the angle stops are frozen open by mineral deposits then shut off the main water supply, this is usually at or near the front of the house where the water main enters the building. You may also shut off the water at the meter if necessary; however some cities require a permit to do so.


3. Detach the hot and cold water lines, use a small pan or bucket to capture the excess water which is still in the lines. Allow them to drain completely before proceeding.


4. Disconnect the faucet mounting components and any sprayer connections, set these aside out of the way. Now remove the faucet from above, carefully drawing out the water lines and any other connections.


5. Prepare the sink top surface for the new faucet, clean off any old putty or caulk. This is a good time to replace any non-functional angle stops with new ones while all of the plumbing is open.


6. Remove the new faucet from the box and read the installation directions prior to installing it. The manufacturer has taken time to create easy to follow directions, they know the product and following their directions will make the process easier. Many new faucets may be installed in several manors, single or multi-hole installations are possible.

7. Locate the components necessary for the installation you have chosen. Lay these out in the order you will need them. This makes the process a lot easier and less stressful. If you are using a multi-hole application, locate and test fit the surface or deck plate, this is the plate that will cover the unused holes in the sink.


8. Once you have test fit the faucet, apply a small bead of caulk on the perimeter of the base and set it in place, next insert the faucet, directing the connection hoses through the opening, and secure it in place with the supplied hardware. Make sure the faucet is properly aligned so the spout travel reaches both bowls of the sink equally.


9. Make you water line connections, hook up any hoses for the sprayer, and turn the water on and check for leaks. Tighten any leaking connections and run the faucet to test operation. Try both the hot and cold side to assure proper hookup.


10. Finally wipe away any excess caulk, and soil left on the faucet body from the installation process. Now you’re ready to start washing those dirty dishes!

Mike, The Home Depot Answer Man

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Posted 2015-06-04T23:00:25+0000  by Mike_HD_OC Mike_HD_OC