How to Install a Kitchen Faucet
How to Install a Kitchen Faucet
Installing a kitchen faucet is something that you can do by yourself if you can give it a trial. Whether you are a do-it-yourself person or not, the kitchen faucet installation guide given below can help you to install a new faucet in your kitchen. Doing the work by yourself will give you some benefits. It will help you to avoid unplanned expenses. It will also save you from the stress of hiring a professional to install the faucet for you.
Getting a suitable faucet
The first thing you have to do is to buy a suitable faucet. There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a faucet. If you are yet to buy a new faucet, kindly see our faucet buying guide here. The tips given in the guide will be of help to you.
Getting the tools and materials
The next thing you have to do is to get the tools and materials required for the installation ready. The tools and material you will require for the installation are basin wrench, silicone sealant, adjustable wrench, channel locks, plumber tape, screwdriver, tube cutter, flashlight, tape measure and sandpaper (fine grade). However, some faucet types may require additional tools and material. You should refer to the user manual of the faucet you bought. The tools and materials mentioned above are the basic ones required for the installation of many types of faucet.
The installation steps:
Step 1: Placing the gasket and faucet properly
Ensure that the gasket and faucet are properly positioned in the sink. Tighten the plastic mounting nuts on the shanks of the faucet from under the sink. You have to ensure that the nuts are strongly tightened. However, you should not over tighten the nuts so that they will not damage. Take a look at the placement of the gasket and faucet from the top of the sunk.
Step 2 Connecting the water supply tube
The water supply tube is the channel through which water gets to the faucet. So, you have to connect it to the faucet at the same time. Use a plumber tape (you can also use a plumber putty) to wrap the threads of the water supply tube. Connect the tubes to the shut-off valve and then use a wrench to tighten the nut of the water supply tube on the shut-off valve. Use a plumber tape to wrap the threads on the shank of the faucet and then tighten the water supply nut on the shank of the faucet using a basin wrench.
Step 3 Connecting the lift rod of the faucet
Insert the lift-rod from the top of the sink into the faucet. Ensure that the pivot-rod is downward from under the sink. Tighten the screw after putting the lift rod into the lift-rod strap. Make sure that the lift-rod is able to open and close the drain plug properly from the top of the sink. If there is any need to adjust anything, you can unscrew the lift-rod strap a little bit and place it properly. Move an end of the spring clip onto the pivot-rod if it is required that you connect the lift-rod strap to the pivot rod. Move one of the spring clip’s end onto the pivot rod. The lift-rod and the pivot-rod should be in the downward position. Put the pivot-rod in the closest hole which is available in the strap of the lift-rod.
Move the pivot rod’s remaining end. Ensure the drain plug is opened and closed by the lift-rod as required. If you need to reposition the lift-rod or make any minor adjustment, you have to loosen the lift-rod strap screw. But for any major adjustment, you should remove the spring clip and slide the pivot-rod to another hole in the lift-rod strap.
Step 4: Flushing the faucet
The installation of the faucet ends with the step 3 above. But you have to flush the faucet to ensure that debris, chips and filings are removed. They can plug the plumbing pipes if they enter there. If they are left there, they can also damage the surfaces of the sealing inside the faucet and this can cause the faucet to drip water. Open the handles of the faucet and then turn on the water supply valves under the sink. Leave the water to flow about 15 seconds and then turn off the faucet.
This Kitchen Faucet Installation Guide is for basic installation. Some models may require unique installation process which may be contained in their user manuals. Always check the user manual of the faucet you bought to see if it has a unique installation steps. If you only need to repair your faucet, click on the link below for faucet repair tips.