A warm welcome to women from all parts of the world! As an enthusiastic DIY mom, I strongly believe that we can perform home projects on our own. Even the unconventional, tough tasks! One such undertaking is installing a faucet. So in this post, I’m going to discuss the women guide to remove and replace a kitchen faucet.
You don’t need any “manly” or even professional help here. The job gets easier to carry out once you know what to do. So let’s learn how to install a touchless kitchen faucet. Or any other kind of faucet you’ve got your hands on.
Plus, it’s a great way of saving money. Because plumbers are not cheap to come by, are they?
Women Guide to Remove and Replace a Kitchen Faucet
How to Remove a Kitchen Tap: If you’re having trouble removing old kitchen faucet, this is exactly what you should be reading.
- Check under your sink
Here’s what you might find under your sink:
- A drain line to take care of used water. It carries it away from your sink. So don’t be surprised to spot multiple drain lines tied together.
- Supply lines, two or maybe more. Normally, a kitchen faucet receives both hot and cold water from two different lines. Hot water usually comes from the water heater. Such supply lines are often built using rigid material. Like PEX, galvanized pipe, or copper.
These lines are attached to the shut-off valve, which is an oval shaped knob. Above this valve, there are either rigid lines or flexible lines that travel up to your faucet.
Based on your precise situation, you might even see extra water lines coming in from the purifier. Or disposal or other such drain lines. You can trace these lines back to their source. This will help you understand everything that goes on under that sink.
- Remove the old faucet
In this women guide to remove and replace a kitchen faucet, now’s the time to pay more attention.
Before removing the existing unit, close off the supply of water from the valves located under your sink. Check the tap to make sure it’s empty before disconnecting the lines.
The faucet consists of two pairs of nuts. The first set holds the position of the supply line. More often than not, it is made of metal material. On the other hand, the second pair of nuts has a plastic design. It is usually larger than the first pair as it holds the kitchen faucet to your sink.
So what you have to do is remove these nuts. By using the basin wrench! And please don’t worry if you don’t have one. You can use whatever wrench or plier you have on hand. It’s just that the basin wrench makes the task a lot easier.
Use this wrench to pull out the first pair of mounting nuts. While the plastic ones can be removed by hand.
And that’s about it. Wasn’t it easy?
Removing the faucet only requires you to loosen the two sets of nuts. But sometimes, these nuts are too stubborn due to the formation of rust. So at such times, a little more force can go a long way. And using a hammer is what comes to mind. Not an elegant solution I know, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
How to Install a Kitchen Faucet: This is the reason why you’re reading the women guide to remove and replace a kitchen faucet.
- Install the new faucet
Installing a new faucet is not as easy as removing an old one. But don’t be discouraged because the process is not an impossible task either.
The new kitchen faucet needs to be attached to the mounting nuts. That means you have to screw on the large plastic mounting nuts under your sink. By hand!
At this point, you should know that you’ll spot a plastic gasket sitting between the sink and faucet. This gasket differs based on the type of sink material and faucet you’re installing. Not all faucet configurations are the same. So the best thing to do is to have a look at the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
Moving on, you can then reattach the supply lines at the shut-off valves and the faucet. To attain a tight, secure seal, feel free to use Teflon tape. Wrap it around the threads of the connections. And wrapping this tape is not difficult or tricky if that’s what you’re wondering.
Here’s a video demonstration:
In conclusion, I would only like to note two important things. Whenever deciding to buy a brand new kitchen faucet, you have to take a look at the sinkhole configuration. And the second factor to take into account is the design of the supply lines. You should purchase a unit with a supply line that runs the entire length. That means from the faucet right to the shut-off valves. Such an installation is easier and reduces the chances of possible leaks.
So these are the kind of aspects you might want pay attention to before buying a new kitchen faucet. As for the installation part, my guide has got you covered.
If you have ever performed the procedure, then please do share your experience with us here. Your hands-on tips and tricks can go a long way. As did mine!
Thank you for reading. I have many more such posts on my blog. So don’t forget to take a look around.
About the author:
Barbara Davis is one of the very few mom bloggers who create authentic, well-researched content. She aims to sound appealing on a more personal level. She chooses this style of writing so readers can easily relate to her work. Davis has, over the years, become proficient at talking about topics that require attention. And with each passing day, she’s getting better at what she does.