Kitchen Faucet Replacement
Posted Jul 06th 2014 | By:
Kitchen faucets are evolving, in not only appearance but also design and function. If you walk into your local home store, the faucets available now are a far cry from those of decades past. Sleek, svelte, and alluring is what they are, sucking you in and tempting you to upgrade your existing faucet whether you need to or not.
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When you do decide it is time for a faucet upgrade, the first thing you will need to do is remove your existing faucet. In order to do this, there are a few steps you need to follow, the first of which is turning off the water, not just at the tap but also at the source below the sink. When you peer beneath your sink, you will notice two pipes, each of which bears a valve. Turn both of these into the off position to prevent the flow of water to your faucet. Once these valves are off, test your faucet to make sure that no water is still capable of passing through.
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Once you are certain your water is off, you can begin the process of disengaging components. A good place to start is the sprayer, should you have one. Also important is whether or not you will continue to have one, as many new faucets have removable heads with the sprayer nozzle built into it. If you are not going to have a conventional spray nozzle moving forward, be sure to purchase a snap-in faucet hole cover to seal that hole. To being the process of removing the sprayer, loosen the nut that connects it beneath the sink and drain any remaining water from the hose into a bucket. Pull the sprayer and hose from the top of the sink and remove the base, then pop the hole cover in place.
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Beneath the sink once more, loosen the nuts connecting the hose running form the water pipes to the faucet. Exercise caution to avoid bending copper pipes, and once the hose is loose, drain excess water into a bucket. You will then need to loosen the nuts that hold the faucet itself in place, and their location may vary based on the type of faucet. Once you find them, twist free; should you have difficulty with these or any of the nuts you must remove, WD40 can be used to encourage the process. When you get your nuts free, return to the top of the sink and pull your faucet free.
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Now that your old faucet has been removed, it is time to clean up the area to ready it for your new faucet. Scrub away any accumulated gunk so your new faucet will fit flush and get a good bond. Some faucets come with a gasket on the bottom for bonding purposes, but some do not. In those cases, silicone caulk or putty can be used to ensure a good bond and seal are created. Determine the needs of your new faucet and put it in position with the escutcheon, or base, going into place first. Once this is secure, slide the new faucet into position with the hoses and wiring slipping carefully into the center then fasten the mounting assembly to seat it firmly.
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Beneath the sink once more, connect the hoses and wires as the instructions for your new faucet indicate. Remember that red indicates hot water and blue indicates cold and Teflon tape may be necessary to get a good connection. Once all of these connections have been made, make sure all connection sites are dry then turn the water on once more. Observe the area and ensure there are no leaks before returning to the sink surface to test the performance of your new faucet. If it performs as it should, the job is done, but if there are issues, troubleshooting and repeating steps may be necessary to diagnose the problem.
Each faucet installation will vary somewhat by model and this is intended only to be a general guide. Always follow the specific manufacturer's instructions when installing a new faucet. You may find that some jobs are easier or more difficult than others, but if you take your time and complete each step as instructed, the installation of your new faucet should go off without a hitch, getting you back up and running before you know it.
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