How to Install a Kitchen Faucet and Side Sprayer

1-2 hours

A side sprayer is a useful complement to kitchen faucets that makes washing dishes easier

Kitchen Faucet and Side Sprayer

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

1
Turn off water
Turn off water - Install Kitchen Faucet Side Sprayer

Turn off the water at the shut off valves under the sink or at the main water supply.

2
Connect supply lines to faucet
Connect supply lines faucet - Install Kitchen Faucet Side Sprayer

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

3
Apply sealant and position faucet
Apply sealant position faucet - Install Kitchen Faucet Side Sprayer

• 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.

4
Screw on mounting nuts
Screw mounting nuts - Install Kitchen Faucet Side Sprayer

• 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.

5
Connect supply lines to shut off valves
supply lines shut off valves - Install Kitchen Faucet Side Sprayer

• 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.

6
Apply sealant to sprayer base
Apply sealant sprayer base - Install Kitchen Faucet Side Sprayer

• 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.

7
Screw in mounting nuts
Screw mounting nuts - Install Kitchen Faucet Side Sprayer

• 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.

8
Screw in the sprayer hose
Screw sprayer hose - Install Kitchen Faucet Side Sprayer

• 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.