Installing kitchen sink faucet is very easy. Read on
how to install the kitchen sink faucet.
Installing Kitchen Sink Faucets
If you were of the opinion that installing the
kitchen sink faucets is a cumbersome task, you would be surprised to
know that it is instead a very easy process. There are certain tips you
need to know before you start the process. In case you need to mount the
faucets into a new sink, remember to do it before the setting of the
sink. However, if your sink is already installed in its place and you
want to replace the faucet, then you will have to do from underneath the
sink. Though, it is difficult to remove the sink first and then install
the sink faucets; but, it is undoubtedly a better way of fixing the
faucets. If you have bought a new sink faucet that require some sort of
assembling, make sure you do it before the installation process. To know
more about how to install kitchen faucets, browse through the following
How To Install Kitchen Faucets
- New Faucet
- Locking Pliers/ Adjustable Wrench
- Slip joint or Water Pump Pliers
- Basin Wrench (possibly)
- Utility Knife
- Plumber's Putty or Silicon Caulk
- Flashlight (so that you can see under the sink)
Removing Old Faucet
- The first step towards removing the old faucet would be to turn
off the water supply. You can either close the main water supply of
your house or lock the shutoff valves on the water supply lines to
- The next step would be to allow the water to drain out of the
lines and remove any water pressure existing.
- Using the adjustable wrench, disconnect the hot and cold water
supply lines running to the faucet. In case you would are looking
forward to replace the line, the best bet would be to disconnect
them at the shutoff valve. However, if you would reuse the existing
lines, do your disconnects at the base of the faucet itself.
- When the precautionary measures have been taken, its time to
remove the faucet. Generally, there are two ways in which the
faucets are attached. In case you have a bottom mount faucet, remove
the handles and escutcheon first. This would expose the nuts. All
you need to do is use your strength and pull out them out.
- Top mounted faucets are generally attached to the sink by nuts
that are located on the underside. Using slip joints or locking
pliers, loosen the nuts. However, if the pipes come in the way, you
would have to use a basin wrench.
- Once the nuts have been removed, you need to just lift up the
sink. If the base of the sink is attached by some caulking, just
slide a utility knife to loosen it from the base.
- To remove the grunge around the old faucet, use a mixture of
vinegar and water or an orange cleaner.
Installing New Faucet
- In case you are installing a bottom mounted faucet, the first
step would be to place the faucet on the washer. Now, mount the nuts
on it and using your hands, tighten them. Align the faucet at the
back of the sink and tighten with a wrench.
- Once this is done, apply a bead of silicon caulking (or plumber's
putty) around the base of the faucet. The next step would be to
install the escutcheon and the faucet handles.
- For a top mounted faucet, assign someone to help you with the
installation. This is because, while you would be working underneath
the sink, the person can hold from the top.
- The first step would be to rub a bead of plumber's putty, before
placing the faucet into the sink openings. Now, place the faucet
onto the sink and tighten the nuts.
- Once the faucet has been placed, reinstall your water feed lines,
and turn the water back on to check for leaks.
- If there is extra plumber's putty or silicon caulk around the
faucet, clean it immediately, else it would set up.
- Lastly, take off the aerator from your new faucet, turn on the
tap and let water run for a couple of minutes. This would allow
flushing out anything that might be present in the manufacturing
process and ensure your new faucet runs clean.