How To Install a New Kitchen or Bathroom Faucet

Whether you have a drip or just want to update your kitchen or bathroom with a new faucet, you can easily do it yourself. A new faucet can change the whole look of your sinks and make it look almost as if you’ve installed a new one!

The worst part will be removing the old faucet. It’s probably been there as long as you’ve had the sink and the bolts will probably be rusted tight!

The first thing you’ll need to do is make sure that the water is turned off. Most sinks are equipped with shutoff valves underneath the sink. Once you’ve shut the water off, turn the faucet on to let the water drain from the lines.

Lay some old rags or towels in the bottom of the sink to catch any dripping water. It’s also a good idea to have a small bucket handy, there will be some water draining from the faucet when you take it loose.

You should also wear a pair of safety glasses, as your working under the sink rust, dirt and other stuff will be falling. If you don’t have a pair you should buy some. They’re pretty cheap and you can use them for various do it yourself jobs.

You’ll need to unhook both of the water pipes that come down from the faucet by loosening the nuts with a small wrench. Unless you’re replacing the pipes, be careful not to bend them. They are easy to crimp and may leak.

If you’ve bought a new sprayer, there’s no need to worry about taking the old one loose. You’ll probably be throwing it away, so just cut the hose.

Now you’re ready for the worst part, taking the faucet off! Most newer faucets come with plastic nuts, but older faucets used metal ones that are most likely rusted or corroded.

If they’re rusted or corroded really bad, you can try to scrape some of it off with the end of a flat screwdriver. You might also want to spray them with some lubricant and let them soak awhile.

If you’re going to reuse the pipes, once you get the faucet loose just pull it straight up out of the sink. It’s a lot easier to take the water pipes loose from the faucet once you have taken it out.

Now comes the clean-up! It’s going to be a little dirty where the faucet set on the sink. You’ll probably see some old plumber’s putty and a line where the faucet set from soap and cleaning products.

If your new faucet is larger than the old one, you can get by without having to get it spotless. But, if it’s smaller than the old one, you’ll have to remove all of the build-up or it will show around your new faucet.

You’re finally ready to install your new faucet. Read the directions, there are usually different techniques suggested for different materials. For example, some manufacturers will recommend plumber’s putty and some won’t.

Install the sprayer first, it will be harder to attach the sprayer once the faucet is in. If you’re changing the sprayer base make sure to put a line of plumber’s putty around the base and then press it into place.

Apply a generous amount of putty, it’s easier to clean some of it off than it is to re-do the job is it leaks. Insert the sprayer hose into the base and pull it up through the center holes to attach it to the faucet.

Some faucets have a plastic gasket that fits the whole bottom of the faucet. If yours has one make sure you put it into place before attaching the sprayer hose or pipes. Attach the water pipes to the new faucet and lower them into the proper holes.

Wrap some Teflon pipe tape around the threads before tightening and of the fittings into the bottom of the faucet. You’ll only need to wrap the tape around the threads a couple of times, don’t get it to thick.

You can hold the faucet up off of the sink and attach the sprayer hose. Check the directions and see whether the manufacturer recommends putting putty under the faucet or not, some will and some won’t.

If your brand of faucet uses putty, just put a small line around the rim of the faucet. About 1/4 inch is all you need and then press the faucet into place on the sink top.

Unless you have someone to help you, you’ll need to tighten the faucet down to the sink and then get out and check to make sure it’s straight. It’s nice to have someone that can hold it in place until you get it tightened up.

Now you’ll just need to attach the pipes back in place. Don’t tighten them to much or they may crack. You’ll need to check them after you’ve turned the water back on to make sure they don’t leak. If there’s a small leak you can just tighten them a little more!