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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 A great way to update an outdated kitchen is to install a new faucet.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:
- Choose a suitable replacement faucet that fits the openings in your sink.
- Shut off your water-supply valves and open faucet both hot and cold to ensure the water is off.
- Disconnect the supply lines from the valves, taking care to hold the valve with a wrench to prevent damage.
- Disconnect the supply lines from the faucet and discard.
- Loosen and remove the two hold down nuts (hot and cold) and discard along with the washers.
- Remove the faucet from the top and discard.
- Clean the surface where the old faucet sat to remove build up, etc.
- 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.
- Insert the faucet from the top, through the holes, and tighten the nuts and washers from below.
- Reconnect the supply lines to the faucet, and the supply valves ensuring that they are properly installed and tightened.
- Turn on the water supply.
- To check for leaks, turn the hot and cold water on slowly and only for about a minute. Tighten connections as needed.