he steps to replace a faucet are easy and nearly always the same. Here's how it works:
- Shut off the water supply to the faucet. Usually, there
are shut off cocks near the faucet but if not, you may have to shut the
water off near your main line.
- Remove the water feed
lines from the faucet. You may wish to tag the hot water line "hot
left" to take the guess work out of reconnecting.
the faucet hold down washers or spin nuts. These washers are under the
counter top. They spin onto two studs that you will see by looking
behind the sink from below the faucet. The stud and washer
configurations come in different styles and types but they all do the
same work of holding the faucet in place. Your job is to get them
loosened up so you can remove the old faucet. The distance between
those studs is your "center distance" as mentioned earlier.
- Once you have the faucet loose, it will be much easier to remove a sprayer line if there is one attached.
- Clean the area once the faucet is removed.
- Put the new, plastic faucet base plate in position.
there is a sprayer, replace the base for it (included in the kit) and
feed the new line down through the sprayer base and back up through the
center hole where the faucet will mount. Attach that line to the new
- Insert and firmly yet gently tighten the mounting studs into the bottom of the faucet base if they're not already.
- Insert the faucet into the appropriate location on your sink and install the faucet hold down washers or spin nuts.
your water lines. Begin by lightly cleaning all threads with a soft
cloth and then apply Teflon plumber's tape to the male threads of your
connections Be careful not to cross thread anything when putting the
- Reestablish water pressure and check for leaks. It always helps to have a spotter / helper for this step.
A new kitchen faucet always gives me a special DIY feeling because a
new faucet looks good, operates easier and can even save a little water
by providing quick, positive shut off. Take your time and survey the
entire job before you start. With a little time and patience, you too
can have a bright new faucet in your home kitchen.