– Buying a new faucet
– Tools and equipment required
– Removing an old faucet
You have decided that you need a new kitchen faucet. Whether your old faucet is wasted and you need another one or you want to enhance the style of your kitchen, this How To will show you how to replace your kitchen faucet.
You will need some specialized tools and equipment, so if you do not have them or you just do not have time to do it yourself call professionals. SUPER MARIO PLUMBING will remove your old faucet and install new one and repipe it in no time.
Buying a new faucet
Obviously, you will need a new kitchen faucet, make sure to acquire one that goes well with your appliances, cabinet hardware and most importantly the sink, you want to make sure that your faucet will fit in your sink. Check how many holes you have in your sink, if your new faucet has less holes than new one, for an example if you have separate sprayer on your old faucet and you are buying a new one with a pull out sprayer, you will need to get a hole cover like one on below picture, to conceal unneeded holes.
Tools and equipment required
You will need a plumbers tape, penetrating oil, sink cleaning product, a few old towels, a rag and a bucket. It’s also a good idea to replace supply hoses, the old ones are probably not fit for service if they are installed years ago along with your old faucet.
You do not a lot of tools but you will need an adjustable wrench, a basin wrench. Also, you should have a pair of scissors.
Removing an old faucet
For starter, remove everything out of the under sink cabinet. Prepare towels to use as cushioning because you will be crawling under the sink in order to access the pipes and fittings.
Turn off the hot and cold water supply line, by shutting down valves. Once you have done that, turn on hot and cold water on the faucet to drain as much water as possible.
If you have s garbage disposal or a p trap you will need to disconnect them before you continue. Make sure to turn the power off to any electrical device you have underneath the sink.
Use the adjustable wrench to disconnect water supply line.
Apply penetrating oil if the connections are corroded, this will help to loose corrosion grip on threads. Wait few minutes and try to unscrew again, it should come out easily. Use bucket and old towel to catch any water remain in the pipe that will leak out as you loose the connections. If you are removing faucet with a sprayer, remove a hose that connects sprayer to the faucet.
Now it’s time to remove faucet. Crawl down and check your faucet connection. You should see mounting nut holding a faucet attached to a sink. You might also find two screws/threads on it.
Unscrew those two screws and use basin wrench to unscrew a mounting nut.
When you have removed the mounting nut, now you can lift your old faucet out of the sink.
Thoroughly clean a sink surface that was under the faucet base to remove corrosion, hard water deposits and dirt remains.