These directions are for a 4-hole set (like the one pictured above)
For this project you will need:
· Plumbers putty
This project should ideally take less than an hour. Really it all rises or falls on how easy it is to remove the old faucet. Installing the new faucet is pretty simple.
Removing the old fixture:
1. The first order of business: Turn off the water under the sink. My sink has 3 knobs (hot, cold, dishwasher). I turn off all 3.
2. Next, turn the faucet on full blast. This will clear out most of the water remaining in the fixture. It won’t get rid of all of the water, but it’s a good start.
|I'm short so I need a pillow for lift and comfort when working under the sink.|
3. Now position your pillow under the sink. I have fairly short arms so the pillow offers me both elevation and comfort from the edge of the cabinet. Keep a clean towel handy. When you remove the water lines water will leak out. Not too much, but you’re very likely to get wet (probably on your face).
4. Lie on the pillow and disconnect the water lines. This will be pretty easy if you have a newer faucet and will likely be cuss-worthy if you have an old fixture. As my fixture is only 18 months old my water lines came off fairly easily.
5. Now remove the old fixture. The old fixture is held in place by large nuts. Again, this is an easy step with newer fixtures and may bring out your inner sailor if you have older fixtures. Be patient and remember that WD40 is your friend. Also, whacking it with a wrench might help remove some tension and the nut!
|This is the nut that holds the faucet in place.|
(In my case there were 4 of these)
7. Back up on top of the sink, you should now be able to easily lift out the old faucet and sprayer.
|Disconnect the sprayer from the old faucet|
8. Clean any gunk, plumbers putty and filth left by the old fixture. You might not have filth. My faucet had filth.
|It was FILTHY underneath my faucet!|
|All cleaned up!|
Installing the new fixture:
9. Now it’s time for plumber’s putty. Think of plumbers putty like play doh from when you were a kid.
Pinch off a bit from the blob inside the container and roll it into a play dough snake. You’ll need enough snakes to go all the way around the plastic seat thingy [not its real name].
|I love Plumbers putty!|
|Snake of plumbers putty|
(pre-school flash back)
|Putty all around the plastic thingy!|
10. Center the plastic seat thingy over the openings in the sink and press gently. You just want to apply enough pressure for it to stay in place, but not enough to really smash the putty too much.
|Plastic thingy pressed in place|
11. Next install the sprayer. The sprayer will have a holder for it to rest in and several washers. Consult your instruction sheet to make sure that you install all the washers in their proper order. Some washers go on top on the sink. Others go under the sink.
|Seat thingy for sprayer hose|
12. With the spray nozzle installed, snake the spray nozzle through the center hole of the sink. [This will save you a bit of a headache later]. Now attach the spray nozzle to the new fixture [per the instruction sheet].
|Install sprayer hose|
14. Now tighten the new fixture in place with the nuts provided. I suggest hand tightening the nuts then give a ¼ turn with a wrench.
15. Attach the water line. Again, hand tighten, and then finish tightening using the wrench. I make these connects are tight as I can get them.
According to the directions that’s pretty much it.
Personally, I like to test my work. The last darn thing I need is to discover some annoying leak a week from now.
Here’s now you test your work:
|Leak testing - Place newspaper under sink|
Before you put everything back under the sink, spread newspaper under the sink and leave it for a few hours. If you come back later and the paper is dry you’re all done. If there is a wet mark (even a tiny one) on the paper, circle it.
|Yup - I found a tiny leak|
Now wait 30 minutes and check your wet spot again. If the wet spot has grown larger than your circle, you have an active leak. Examine the connections directly above the wet spot to find your leak.
|Oh no! This is an active leak!|
The most common causes of leaks are faulty water lines or loose connections. Turn the water off, disconnect and then retighten your connections. Put down a new piece of newspaper. If you still have a leak you may need to replace your water line. The water line can look just fine, but the washer on the line may be worn or missing. Take the old waterline to the store with you when you go to buy the new one. That way you know exactly what you’re looking for.
Once you’ve fixed your leaks and the newspaper is dry, you’re all set.
As of this morning, my faucet is no longer leaking. Finger crossed it stays that way!