With the economy the way it is today, the last thing a man wants to do is call a plumber! The good news is that you don’t have to shell out big bucks for minor home improvements and general maintenance. Installing a new faucet is a relatively simple job. Basically, you are talking about a very simple mechanism (the sink) that is connected to water (the pipe) and a valve that delivers the water! Here are some simple tips and step-by-step instructions to help you install your own faucet and avoid the high-cost of hiring outside labor.
You CAN do it yourself
with these step-by-step instructions
on how to install a faucet!
- Let the little lady pick out the kitchen or bathroom faucet that she wants, all you need to tell her is whether the sink is top mount and bottom mount and let her go! By doing this, there is no way to get in trouble for selecting the wrong one, and she can’t complain about the color or style, or say that she told you to buy one with a sprayer or whatever other mandatory accessory the job requires. Send her to Knobs, Hinges, & More and let her pick out the perfect spout! With the wide online selections she has to chose from, you will have hours to do what you really want without being interrupted.
- Clear the family out of the house in case of faulty language, we all know it’s necessary sometimes when you drop a wrench on your head to say the first thing that comes to mind, but it’s not necessary to share these words with little sponge-like ears. They will end up being repeated at the least convenient times. Tell everyone not to return to the house for at least 4 hours. This will give you time to install the new faucet and a little time for yourself to catch the ball game, I mean you’re doing the job for free right?
- Turn off the water valves underneath the sink. For extra protection, it’s always a good idea to turn the water off to the whole house. If you flood the kitchen – you lose brownie points with the wife unless you can clean it up quickly and impress her with your superior mopping abilities. However, this will infringe on the time you have left to watch the ball game! Just to make sure, turn the faucet valves on full blast and allow any remaining water in the pipes to drain.
- Next, unscrew the water supply lines. Depending on how old your faucet is, this may require some faulty language in order to remove. This is why plumbers get the big bucks! It is possible that you may have to completely replace the water supply lines. As hard as it may be, when the perfectly selected faucet arrives, read through the directions and go ahead and buy these in advance. You may also want to pick up anything else the directions suggest. Don’t assume you have plumbers putty or the correct sized wrench, make sure you have everything you need before you start. Hardware stores are a major distraction, you know this! Remember – the goal here is to finish quickly and watch the game in peace.
- Once the water lines are disengaged, unscrew the faucet from the sink and remove. This is the best time to clean up all the old gunk that has accumulated over time! A quick and easy cleaning tip is to sprinkle the area with baking soda and then spray with vinegar. Not only is it fun to watch the chemical reaction, the gunk comes off pretty easy with a quick scrub with a scouring pad (it’s probably right there by the sink anyway). Wipe up the residue and then spray again with the vinegar to shine it up. Shiny things always earn you more brownie points!
Now for the moment of truth
Let’s stick in that new faucet!
For a Top-Mounted Faucet:
Apply plumber’s putty or caulk around the base. If your faucet has gaskets at the base, don’t do this! Refer back to the directions – but basically you can skip this step depending on what kind of faucet you have.
Gently put the new faucet into place and then press down firmly to get a good seal. Grab a flashlight and get under the sink to install the washers and mounting nuts, and then tighten everything up. Don’t forget to clean up any excess putty, shine her up again!
For a Bottom-Mounted Faucet
Grab a flashlight and get under the the sink, hold the faucet in place and install the washers and mounting nuts. This can be tricky with just two hands so its a perfect opportunity to invite over a buddy to watch the game and then say ‘hold this real quick’ while you tighten the nuts. Gently put the new faucet into place and then press down firmly to get a good seal.
Run a bead of plumber’s putty along the handle plate, screw them in place and install the faucet handles. Make sure that the one marked hot goes on the left! If you get these wrong – you will never hear the end of it and you will receive zero brownie points for all of your hard work. Make sure and go back for a final clean-up and make her shine!
Replace the water supply lines, turn the water back on and let everything run for a bit to clear out the pipes and check for leaks. Grab you a cold one and kick back with your buddy and enjoy the game!
And for those of you that need a visual, here is a how-to video from Ask The Builder expert, Tim Carter demonstrating how to install a kitchen faucet!