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Installing a New Kitchen Faucet and Side Sprayer

  Installing a new kitchen faucet & side sprayer
 

Installing a new kitchen faucet and side sprayer is a project many homeowners who are handy with a few common tools can do themselves. As you work on your project, be sure to take any actions recommended in the manufacturer's instructions included with your faucet and sprayer.

 

Preparation  

 

• Clean out the cabinet and inspect the area where you will be working.
• Block the drain opening with a cloth.
• Have a bucket on hand to catch any water.
• Position towels so the edge of the cabinet doesn't dig into your back as
• Some faucets come with lifetime warranties on parts. Check with the manufacturer for details.

 

Safety 

 

• If you have an electrical outlet beneath your sink, turn off power to it before you remove the old faucet 
  and restore power to it only after you've tested the new faucet for leaks.
• Using a basin wrench to reach into tight spaces behind your sink can help you avoid hand injuries.

 

Savings 

 

• To help conserve water, ensure your new faucet has a water-saving aerator.
• To save money and prevent frustration in the future, purchase a quality faucet with a good warranty.  
   Look for a faucet that uses metal and ceramic parts rather than plastic.


WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS JOB:

TOOLS:

MATERIALS:


Step 1: Turn Off Water

Step 1: Turn Off Water

Turn off the water at the shut off valves under the sink or at the main water supply. To learn more about shutting off the water, watch our How to Shut Off a Valve video.

  

Step 2: Connect Supply Lines to Faucet

Step 2: Connect Supply Lines to Faucet

1.  Connect the supply lines to the faucet tailpieces.  
 
2.  Tighten the coupling nuts with slip-joint pliers or a basin wrench.  

  

Step 3: Apply Sealant & Position Faucet

Step 3: Apply Sealant & Position Faucet

1.  Apply a quarter-inch bead of plumber’s putty around the base of the faucet. If 
     your sink is made of cultured marble, use silicone caulk.  
 
2.  Insert the faucet tailpieces with supply lines into the holes in the sink.  
 
3.  Position the faucet base parallel to the back of the sink and press the faucet 
     down.  

  

Step 4: Screw on Mounting Nuts

Step 4: Screw on Mounting Nuts

1.  From beneath the sink, screw the friction washers and mounting nuts onto the 
     faucet tailpieces and tighten them with slip-joint pliers or a basin wrench.  
 
2.  Wipe away any excess putty around the faucet base.  

  

Step 5: Connect Supply Lines to Shut Off Valves

Step 5: Connect Supply Lines to Shut Off Valves

Attach the faucet's supply lines to the shut off valves and tighten the nuts. Give the nuts an extra quarter-turn with an adjustable wrench while holding the valve with another wrench.

  

Step 6: Apply Sealant to Sprayer Base

Step 6: Apply Sealant to Sprayer Base

1.  Apply a quarter-inch bead of plumber’s putty to the bottom edge of the sprayer 
     base. If your sink is made of cultured marble, use silicone caulk.  
 
2.  Put the tailpiece of the sprayer base into the sink opening.  

  

Step 7: Screw in Mounting Nuts

Step 7: Screw in Mounting Nuts

1.  Place the friction washer over the tailpiece (if needed).  
 
2.  If your sprayer hose is not attached to your sprayer, do it now.  
 
3.  Screw the mounting nut onto the tailpiece and tighten it with a basin wrench or 
     a pair of slip-joint pliers.  
 
4.  Wipe away any excess putty from around the base.  

  

Step 8: Screw in the Sprayer Hose

Step 8: Screw in the Sprayer Hose

1.  Screw the sprayer hose onto the hose nipple on the bottom of the faucet.  
 
2.  Hand-tighten the hose nut, then tighten it a quarter turn further using a basin 
     wrench or a pair of slip-joint pliers.  
 
3.  Turn on the water and check for leaks.