Installing Kitchen Sink Faucets Installing Kitchen Sink Faucets
Installing kitchen sink faucets in your own home is liable to strike you as a complex and daunting task best left to high-priced plumbing professionals. But worry not, household handymen, because with the right set of tools and a thorough set of instructions at your disposal, installing kitchen sink faucets in your home is something of which you are more than capable. So the next time a faucet needs to be installed in your kitchen, don't break the bank paying costly plumbers' fees; just consult this handy guide to learn everything you'll need to know about installing kitchen sink faucets in your home.
Step 1 - Vigorously Clean the Sink
After making sure that your home's water valves have been shut off and that your kitchen sink's drain and water supply lines have been safely disconnected, you'll need to give the sink in which your new faucet will be installed a thorough cleaning. Take particular care to remove any caked-on mold or mildew deposits. This is a job for which you may need to incorporate the aid of a dependable commercial cleaning product and a mini plastic scraper. Once your sink is nice and clean, you will be ready to continue with the next step.
Step 2 - Put Together Your New Faucet
Now that you've taken care of the preparatory cleaning, it's time to assemble your new kitchen sink faucet. Consult the instruction manual that was included with your faucet kit for the proper method of assembly. This is generally a fairly simple task that can be completed in a timely fashion with nothing more than a basin wrench.
Step 3 - Spread the Plumber's Putty
Having successfully assembled your new kitchen sink faucet, you may begin applying your plumber's putty. Taking care to protect your hands with a pair of rubber or latex gloves, start spreading your plumber's putty across the bottom of your new gasket. When spreading your plumber's putty, do your best to ensure that there are no remaining gaps in the freshly spread putty.
Step 4 - Attach the Gasket
Now that your plumber's putty has been properly applied, firmly place the new gasket over your kitchen sink's faucet holes, then carefully secure it in place. Next, insert your new faucet tubes into the gasket's 3 holes, which will connect them to the kitchen sink, then firmly press down on them.
Step 5 - Bolt Down Your New Kitchen Sink Faucet
You'll now want to secure your new kitchen sink faucet in place by using your basin wrench and metal nuts to bolt down the ends of the newly assembled faucet. Make sure that your faucet is firmly in place before reattaching the sink's drain and water supply lines.