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How to Replace a Faucet

If you’ve tried your hand at home repair, you know how rewarding it feels to see your hard work reflected in your home. A great way to update an outdated kitchen is to install a new faucet.

*Remember always to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing a faucet*

If you are able and qualified and want to improve and beautify your kitchen, follow these steps for faucet replacement:
  1. Choose a suitable replacement faucet that fits the openings in your sink.
  2. Shut off your water-supply valves and open faucet both hot and cold to ensure the water is off.
  3. Disconnect the supply lines from the valves, taking care to hold the valve with a wrench to prevent damage.
  4. Disconnect the supply lines from the faucet and discard.
  5. Loosen and remove the two hold down nuts (hot and cold) and discard along with the washers.
  6. Remove the faucet from the top and discard.
  7. Clean the surface where the old faucet sat to remove build up, etc.
  8. If your new faucet comes with a gasket, install it between the surface and the faucet or apply a small amount of plumber’s putty at the base of the faucet.
  9. Insert the faucet from the top, through the holes, and tighten the nuts and washers from below.
  10. Reconnect the supply lines to the faucet, and the supply valves ensuring that they are properly installed and tightened.
  11. Turn on the water supply.
  12. To check for leaks, turn the hot and cold water on slowly and only for about a minute. Tighten connections as needed.