A side sprayer is a useful complement to kitchen faucets that makes washing dishes easier
If you are a handy homeowner, installing a new kitchen faucet and side sprayer is a relatively easy DIY project that can be completed using a few common tools. Just be sure to follow the recommendations found in the manufacturer’s instructions.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT
Turn off the water at the shut off valves under the sink or at the main water supply.
• Connect the supply lines to the faucet tailpieces.
• Tighten the coupling nuts with slip-joint pliers or a basin wrench.
• Apply a quarter-inch bead of plumber’s putty around the base of the faucet. If your sink is made of cultures marble, use silicone caul instead.
• Insert the faucet tailpieces with supply lines into the holes in the sink.
• Position the faucet base parallel to the back of the sink and press the faucet down.
• 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.
• Wipe away any excess putty around the faucet base.
• Attach the faucet’s supply lines to the shut off valves and tighten the nuts.
• Give nuts an extra quarter-turn with an adjustable wrench while holding the valve with another wrench.
• 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 instead.
• Put the tailpiece of the sprayer base into the sink opening.
• Place the friction washer over the tailpiece (if needed).
• If your sprayer hose is not attached to your sprayer, do it now.
• Screw the mounting nut onto the tailpiece and tighten it with a basin wrench or a pair of slip-joint pliers.
• Wipe away any excess putty from around the base.
• Screw the sprayer hose onto the hose nipple on the bottom of the faucet.
• Hand-tighten the hose nut.
• Tighten it a quarter turn further using a basin wrench or a pair of slip-joint pliers.
• Turn on the water and check for leaks.