DIY Guide: How to Install Kitchen Faucets in 5 Steps
The kitchen faucet can make a big difference to the kitchen’s look and function. So make sure that you spend enough time in the selection process and installation. And while it’s true that you can always ask a professional plumber to help you install your kitchen faucet, you might want to say no to professional help and do it yourself instead.
Here are the steps in installing kitchen faucets yourself.
1. Read the manual or instructions provided by the manufacturer.
Many DIYers think that they can just figure out how to install a lovely faucet by trial and error. But reading the instructions will give you important do’s and don’ts to ensure successful installation. So never skip this part. If you have to, go over the instructions again until you fully understand all the concepts.
2. Seal the joint between the faucet and your countertop.
Sealing this joint will prevent future leakage or water squirting. Many faucets come with a rubber seal, while others don’t have this feature. You can use a plumber’s putty as a sealant.
3. Draw the faucets as close and tight to the countertop using the large knots provided.
To make sure that the faucet stands in place tightly, use a special kind of wrench called a plumber’s wrench. You don’t have to buy this tool. You can ask your neighbors who want to lend it to you.
4. Connect the water supply and the faucet.
To do this, you can use different types of supply lines or connectors, but if you want a durable material with an elegant look, you can try the stainless steel, braided supply line. These connectors vary in length, so choose what is appropriate for your kitchen sink. The knots of the supply lines come with different sizes, so connect these knots to the appropriate valve.
5. Flush out the water line before connecting it to the faucet.
This is to make sure that small particles will not clog the faucet, thereby reducing future problems. When you’re satisfied that all the unnecessary particles are flushed out, it’s time to tighten the knots with the plumber wrench one last time. When everything is ready, open the valve to see if water comes out of the faucet smoothly.
Here is one last suggestion for you. When buying a faucet, make sure that the design complements the architectural style of your kitchen. Some of the faucet designs and styles to choose from include the following: contemporary, gothic, Victorian, futuristic, and funky.