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How to replace a kitchen faucet

How to replace a kitchen faucet?

You may be changing your faucet because you want a newer look but be ready for some unexpected surprises! Your water lines and pipes might need some changing as well. Corrosion and rust are some difficulties you might come across so it would be a great idea to get your plumbing checked before you remove the old faucet and try to install the new one.

Most new faucets come with easy installation instructions. You must determine the number of holes your former faucet has and choose the new one in accordance. If you are going from a two-hole fixture to a one-hole system you’ll have to buy sinkhole covers. But if you are replacing a single hole faucet with a multi-hole system this will require the assistance of a plumber.

Also, spout height and overall faucet height are very important features to take into consideration. If you have cabinets above your sink you must carefully measure the space available.

For over sink mounts it is crucially important to have some space behind the faucets for cleaning purposes.

Usually, single hole faucets are easy to install and do not require the presence of a plumber. You can check under your sink to assess the required tools you need. One of the most crucial instruments needed is a shut-off valve. You simply can’t take a faucet off without cutting off the water supply!

Secondly, it would be wise to check the supply tubes. See if they need to be replaced with sturdier materials and be sure to measure them in length.

I’m sure most eager-eyed home repair enthusiast has their own toolbox begging for a great task but a basin wrench is a specific kind of wrench that will give access and leverage in tight spots.

It’s always a good idea to take a picture of what goes where to double-check you’ve assembled everything correctly!

Even though you’ve shut off the water supply that doesn’t mean there isn’t water left in the supply lines you’re about to disassemble! So keep a small bucket nearby so you don’t flood your working environment!

Teamwork is essential in almost every kind of home repair. Let somebody hold the faucet from above while you remove the nuts attached under. After removing the faucet, be sure to clean the old sealants from the sink so your new faucet will fit neatly.

Installation of a new faucet is better performed with the manufacturer’s instruction manual. Please keep in mind that each system comes with its own requirements.

It’s very wise to perform such home improvement acts at the early hours for two important reasons. First, you may need extra tools so you should be able to access a hardware store after you start working. Secondly, if all fails you might have to call a plumber!

Feed your new faucet into the hole from above the sink. Put in the washers and attach the nuts from below the sink.
If you are using a pull-out or pull-down spray-headed faucet the hoses usually have weights around them for the hose to retract. Do not forget to place this weight or you will be disappointed later on and have to redo a few of these steps!
The next step is to carefully connect the water supply lines. It is very important not to apply too much strength when tightening.
Turn on your shut-off valves and then the water to check if there is any leakage. If so, you might want to reinforce that area with some plumber tape, and then tighten again.
Now and hopefully your new faucet is ready to use! Please keep in mind that some systems may seem easy to install so, keep the plumbers’number close by!

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