Six steps for an easy do-it-yourself installation
Are you someone who likes taking on home improvement projects, just to see if you can do it? If so, a faucet replacement is a pretty easy job to tackle. Ready to give it a shot? Follow these six steps for a successful installation:
- Shut off the water: Open the faucet to drain any excess water and then disconnect the hot and cold water supply lines from the shutoff valves.
- Remove the old faucet: With a basin wrench, reach behind the old faucet and unscrew the nuts connecting the supply tubes to the faucet. Then, remove the mounting nuts that are holding the faucet in place. Lift the faucet out and disconnect the sprayer hose.
- Position the new sprayer hose: Connect the new faucet’s fittings with the water-supply lines. Slip the new sprayer hose down through the sprayer hole and feed it up through the center faucet hole. Then, connect the hose to the sprayer nipple.
- Attach the flexible connectors: Because the hot and cold supply tubes may vary in length, you may want to attach these to the fitting’s on the faucet’s supply tubes. Use two wrenches to tighten each connection so you don’t damage the faucet’s copper supply lines.
- Seat the faucet: Insert and feed the connectors and supply lines to the center hole and then seat the faucet. It’s important that you make sure the faucet’s gasket lines up correctly. To hold the faucet in place, install a washer and a nut to the end bolts from under the sink.
- Tighten the connections: Use an adjustable wrench to tighten everything. Then, turn on your shut-off valves and the faucet to see if everything is working properly.
If you gave it your best shot, but still need some help with the installation, call Radiant Plumbing today.