Project Guide

How To Install a Center-Set Faucet

1
TURN OFF THE WATER
Turn off the water - Center-Set Faucet

Safety: Use towels to cushion your back and wear eye protection when working under the sink.


  • Remove all items from under the sink. Place a bucket, pan or rags under the work area to catch excess water. 
  • Turn off the hot and cold water supply lines at the shut-off valves beneath the sink. If there are no shut-off valves, turn off the main water supply. 
  • Turn the faucet on to release the pressure in the water lines and let drip until empty.
2
REMOVE THE OLD FAUCET
Remove the old faucet - Center-Set Faucet
  • Remove the old supply lines and the mounting nuts. 
  • Apply a penetrating lubricant if the lines or nuts are corroded or in a hard-to-reach position. 
  • Lift the faucet fixture from the top of the sink. A putty knife can remove all of the old sealant from the top. 
  • Use a cleaner suitable for your sink type to clean the area.
3
SEAL AROUND THE FAUCET OPENINGS
Seal around the faucet openings - Center-Set Faucet

Apply a bead of plumber’s putty or silicone caulk around the bottom of the faucet.

4
PLACE FAUCET GASKET
Place faucet gasket - Center-Set Faucet
  • Assemble the faucet following the manufacturer’s instructions. 
  • Place the faucet gasket over the tailpieces so that it is between the sink and the base of the faucet.
5
SET THE FAUCET
Set the faucet - Center-Set Faucet
  • The valves should fit into the hole spacing in the sink. 
  • Insert the faucet so that the base is parallel to the back of the sink and press the faucet down firmly.
6
PLACE THE BASIN NUTS
Place the basin nuts - Center-Set Faucet

Thread each basin nut, alternating from one to the other to draw the faucet body evenly over the gasket. Do not tighten all the way.

7
CENTER THE FAUCET BODY
Center the faucet body - Center-Set Faucet

Measure from both sides to center the faucet body on the sink.

8
HAND-TIGHTEN THE BASIN NUTS
Hand-tighten the basin nuts - Center-Set Faucet

From beneath the sink, screw the friction washers and mounting nuts onto the faucet tailpieces and tighten them with the basin wrench or faucet and sink installer tool.

9
CONNECT THE WATER SUPPLY LINES AND CHECK FOR LEAKS
Connect water supply lines check leaks - Center-Set Faucet
  • Attach the supply lines to the faucet and angle valves. 
  • Wipe away any excess putty from around the faucet base. 
  • Turn the water back on at the angle valves. Turn on the faucet and allow both hot and cold water to run for one minute. 
  • Check for leaks. 
  • If supplied, install the matching pop-up drain.