HOW TO REPLACE A KITCHEN FAUCET
Kitchen and bathroom faucets are the most used ones in your home and this means that they're the first to get worn off and will need repair or replacement. If your faucet is broken beyond repair or you just are fed up with its looks and you want to change it, you'll need to
follow this guide. Let's get to work. First, inspect your sink and see how many openings does it have and how far apart are they. You may have to look underneath the sink just to be sure. Usually, both handles are a single unit but check it just in case. This will be crucial when you're buying the new unit and checking at the store for the correct type. Now, how to choose the best one and how much money should you spend? Well, there's an easy answer for that. You will be using this faucet for a long time, that's why it's worthy to buy a high quality one. Of course there are 500 dollar (326 pounds) ones that are too expensive and don't do much more than a 50 dollar (32 pound) one, but don't go for the cheap kind. Colour and material choice is all up to you. The faucet that you buy usually comes with manufacturer's instructions that will help you understand how to install it and get you out of difficult repair situation. Be sure to read the instructions for the one you buy and not use any old ones.
Before you start removing the faucet parts stop the water supply to it. There should be a valve or a handle nearby that does that. Get a flashlight if the space under your sink is too dark and place bucket
under it. Now, start the removal part. You will need a good adjustable wrench or a plumbers wrench. Find and remove the nuts that are holding the faucet into place. The number of nuts is differs on the type of the faucet but there are usually up to three nuts. There might be some rust and overall corrosion that prevents them from moving but with the right amount of force you will succeed to remove them. When removed, lift the faucet and everything attached to it from the sink. Check if the tubes connected to the faucet don't show any signs of damage or wearing. If there are any signs, take them to the store and buy new tubes, it worth to replace them now and not take apart the whole thing again when they start to malfunction. Before you start to install the new faucet clean the sink to remove any hard water deposits (try vinegar or a commercial cleaning product).
First, attach the new tubes before placing the faucet in the sink. Once it's inside begin the assembly of the new one. Make sure that every part is placed according to the manufacturer's instruction (there should be a helpful schematic drawn inside that tells you which goes where). Modern faucets come with a soft plastic gasket
inside the package that seals around the base of the faucet and doesn't let the water go under it. If this part is missing in your package you'll need to use plumber's putty to seal it. This putty is sold separately in stores and looks like chewing gum. When you're coming to the final part of the assembly (threading the big nuts) check if the faucet is sitting straight and everything is leveled. If everything is okay, tighten the nuts and you're ready! Turn on the water supply to test you new faucet and check for leaks under the sink. Wait for 10-20 minutes after you have assembled it to see if there will be any water around or under it. Tighten the fittings more if you find a leak. This project should take you a couple of hours to finish depending on how fast you work and if you have the right tools for the job. If you stumble upon a problem that you can't fix don't hesitate to call a professional plumber like the handyman in London, for help.
Published on Aug 7, 2013