You might be tempted to call a general contractor Rockford IL to do simple repair jobs around the house, such as changing the kitchen faucet. While it might seem easier to pay someone to complete the task for you, it is actually quite simple to do yourself, and cheaper too! So, let’s get started and learn how easy it is to install a new faucet!
Before you purchase a new faucet, it is important to check under your existing sink and find out how many holes your current faucet has. There are typically anywhere between 1 and 4 holes. Knowing this information will determine the type of faucet that will work with your sink. It is possible to install a one-hole faucet in a multiple hole faucet, but not vice versa. Once you have found and purchased a new faucet that will work with your current set up, you are ready to install it!
Remove Old Faucet
- Start by turning off the water supply to your faucet that is located under the sink. After turning off the water, turn on the faucet to relieve the pressure still in the lines.
- It is generally a good idea to snap a picture of the plumbing configuration under you sink prior to disconnecting. You can then use this picture as a reference later when hooking up the new faucet.
- Place a small bucket under the connections to collect the water that is still in the supply lines when you disconnect it.
- Recruit the assistance of someone to hold the faucet while you work to loosen and remove the nuts underneath that are holding the faucet in place.
- Once the faucet is removed, clean off any remaining grime and/or sealant from the surface of the sink prior to installing the new faucet.
Install New Faucet
Note: Because all faucets are different, defer to the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
- Start by placing the rubber or plastic gasket or trim ring over the faucet holes in the sink. With the gasket in place, you are ready to set the deck plate in place. Refer to the installation instructions provided by the manufacturer regarding the use of caulk or plumber’s putty when installing the gasket.
- Start to feed the faucet lines in the holes in the sink.
- Install the washers and nuts underneath the sink to secure the faucet into place. If caulk or plumbers putty was used in the installation of the gasket, be sure to wipe away any excess underneath the sink.
- For faucets that have a pull-down feature, connect the hose to the supply line, and attach the weight.
Note: Weights need clearance to hang freely underneath the sink.
- Connect the water supply lines, using plumbers tape if necessary. Be careful not to overtighten the supply line connections.
- Slowly turn on the water to check for leaks. Tighten the connection line as necessary.
- Remove the aerator from the newly installed faucet. Turn the water on slowly and let in run for a few minutes to clear the lines. Double check that there are no leaks and make any final adjustments as needed.
- Turn off the water and replace the aerator.
Now that you know how to install a new kitchen faucet, you can do it yourself and save hiring a general contractor Rockford IL for larger projects you might need done!