Replacing the faucet in your kitchen is an easy way to update the look of this area. For the best results, choose a faucet that coordinates with the kitchen sink, cabinet hardware, and appliances. This style-enhancing project takes less than an hour.
You will need:
• Kitchen faucet
• Sprayer cover (optional)
• Penetrating oil
• Basin wrench
• Adjustable wrench
• Teflon pipe thread tape
• Buildup-removing sink cleaner
• New water supply hoses with steel sleeves
Step 2: Remove everything from the cabinet under the sink so the working area is clear. Turn off the water supply by turning both the cold and hot water shutoff valves. Turn on the faucet to drain remaining water from the line. If the sink has separate hot and cold faucets, turn on both.
Step 3: Place some old towels in the bottom of the cabinet for cushioning. If you cannot work around the garbage disposal or p trap, disconnect it. Make sure the power is off for a hard-wired garbage disposal prior to touching any wires.
Step 4: Begin removing the old faucet by using the adjustable wrench to loosen the nuts that connect water supply tubes to water supply valves. If the connection is corroded, apply some penetrating oil to each nut. Wait a few minutes and then try again. Keep a towel and bucket handy to catch water that may seep out when the connections are loosened.
Step 5: When replacing a sprayer assembly, disconnect the hose that attaches this sprayer to the faucet. The proper method depends on how the sprayer is connected.
Step 6: Remove the mounting nuts located underneath the faucet, using the basin wrench. Lift the old faucet from the sink basin.
Step 7: Clean the faucet and sprayer attachment areas with the sink cleaner and a rag.
Step 8: Insert the new faucet shanks through the base gasket.
Step 9: Wrap the threads on each water supply tube with three layers of pipe thread tape. Attach the new water supply tubes to the faucet. Make sure supply tube connections are tight.
Step 10: Insert the supply tubes through the sink holes. Place the faucet in the proper position and screw on the mounting nuts. Installation is easier if a helper stands over the faucet, holding it to align it properly.
Step 11: Tighten the mounting nuts without overtightening.
Step 12: Apply pipe thread tape to the supply valve threads. Attach each supply line to its supply valve by screwing on the nuts.
Step 13: If a sprayer is included, attach the new sprayer hose. Follow the manufacturer instructions for installation because this varies by model.
Step 14: If the p trap or garbage disposal was disconnected, reconnect it.
Step 15: Remove the aerator and turn on the faucet. If it contains two handles, turn on both the hot and cold faucets. Turn on the water supply and let the water run for a few minutes. Check under the sink and at the faucet area for any leaks and address these.
Step 16: Replace the aerator and clean the faucet with the sink cleaner.