If you want to improve the look of your kitchen, then adding a kitchen faucet with sprayer is one way to achieve this. Kitchen faucet sprayers allow you to wash items such as fresh fruit and vegetables, can help you clean the difficult parts of utensils, and will also assist you in cleaning the sink. The first part of this guide will show you how to caulk your surfaces and apply the base of the faucet, add the mounting nuts, and connect the tubes which will supply the water to your unit. Fitting a new kitchen faucet with sprayer is not difficult, and with a few plumbing skills, you should be able to manage this job in an hour or two.
Step 1 - Shut off the Water
In order to start installing your faucet, you should begin by turning off the water. This is vital, as the pipes which carry water to and from your kitchen will have to be accessed, and this can lead to you being covered in water. Shut off the supply at the mains, and then run water from your taps until there is no more. Once this is done, you can go into your kitchen, and lay a few towels around the area of your faucet. You can either remove the old faucet or make a hole where you intend to fit the faucet with sprayer.
Step 2 - Apply a Layer of Caulk
The next step is to apply a layer of caulk around the edge of the hole where the faucet will go. This will help to block water from travelling below the sink and dripping into your cabinets. Examine the connections which will be placed on the counter and make sure that they are also covered with a layer of caulk. This will protect them and help to seal the surface. Allow the caulk to dry a little, but not too much.
Step 3 - Installing the Faucet
Once the caulk has become semi-hard, you should place your faucet into the hole, and press down firmly. Wipe up any caulk which is pressed out, and then push the large nuts through the edges of the faucet, and tighten them using your wrench. You will need to get the faucet sealed as tightly as possible, so pull the wrench around as tight as you possibly can. When the bolts are on tightly, apply a layer of caulk around the edges of the nuts. This will keep them in place.
Step 4 - Attach Supply Tubes
Take all of the supply tubes, including those which are connected to the sprayer, and push the connections into the edge of the faucet. Make sure that the connections are attached tightly, otherwise water will leak through the sides. You should ensure that the hose which you attach to the sprayer is sufficiently long to reach the supply pipe.