Has your kitchen faucet sprung a leak and your tape job just isn’t cutting it? Today, I’m going to show you how you can save some money replacing your kitchen faucet in less than an hour.
Step 2: Recognize Failed Rig Job
So, your faucet is broken and you have no choice but to fix it. With a few common tools, this is an easy fix that anyone can do.
Step 3: Buy a New Kitchen Faucet
Buy a new kitchen faucet. I purchased a Caldwell by Moen.
There are a few different tools you can use, but I used an old pair of VISE-GRIP locking pliers for the entire project.
Before you get started replacing the sink, clear out everything from underneath your sink. It gets crowded in there and by far the hardest part of the job.
In the box you’ll get the faucet, paperwork, an instruction manual and the parts.
Step 4: Turn Off Hot and Cold Water to the Faucet
To start the process, turn off both the hot and cold water to the faucet. If you don’t you will soon find out why. Check the faucet to make sure that they are completely off.
Step 5: Unscrew Hot and Cold Connections From the Faucet
The type of faucet that you will buy will depend on how many holes are in your sink. This is a 4-hole sink and the most common used in kitchens.
Start by unscrewing both the hot and cold connections from the faucet. Have a rag towel on hand for any extra water that may leak out….and it probably will.
Step 6: Remove the Side Spray
Disconnect the spray hose connection from the center pipe under the sink. I then unloosed the hose guide nut and unscrewed the hose guide from the top.
Remove the sprayer.
Your old faucet may have a metal sink bracket that you will also have to remove.
Step 7: Remove the Old Faucet
Once you have disconnected both the hot and cold water supply lines to the faucet and the side spray hose, then just lift the old sink up and out of the sink.
Step 8: Insert the New Hose Guide
Insert the new hose guide. From under the sink, thread on the hose guide nut. This is where super long arms or a helper comes in handy.
Alternatively, you could temporarily tape the hose guide to the sink to keep it in place while you start threading the nut under the sink.
Step 9: Insert Side Spray
After you have tightened the hose guide into place, insert the side spray into the hose guide and feed the hose under the sink.
Step 10: Assemble New Sink
Remove the new faucet from the box and screw on the spout.
Step 11: Add Gasket and Connector
Add the deck plate gasket to the bottom of the faucet and click on the quick connect adapter. Click in the side spray hose into the bottom of the quick connect adapter.
Step 12: Install the New Faucet
Insert the new faucet into the holes in the sink and line it up. Make sure the brand name of the new faucet is pointing towards you.
Step 13: Screw on Mounting Nuts
Screw on both sink mounting nuts to the hot and cold water pipes from the faucet.
Step 14: Remove Old Supply Lines
Remove the old supply lines if they are too short. Mine were so I had to purchase new supply lines. Commonly, they come in PVC and Stainless Steel. I purchased (2) 20” PVC faucet supply lines for about $6 each.
Step 15: Attach Faucet Supply Lines
Attach the new faucet supply lines to the new faucet pipes hot and cold connections and the water inlet valves.
Optionally and probably recommended, you can add a few wraps of teflon tape for a better seal.
Step 16: Optional Upgrade
After you discover that one of your new supply lines is too short because you didn’t measure (me), go back to the hardware store and purchase longer lines. I upgraded to (2) 30” Stainless Steel faucet supply lines for a little over $8 each.
Step 17: Add Temperature Indicators
Add the red and blue temperature indicators to the faucet handles. The instructions showed prying them up with a screwdriver, but that is unnecessary and might scratch the finish.
Step 18: Turn the Water Back On
After ensuring that the new faucet is securely and evenly seated on your sink top, go ahead and turn the water valves back on.
Step 19: Enjoy Your New Faucet!
Proudly turn on your new kitchen faucet!
This project cost me around $100 and with the right tools can be accomplished in less than an hour.