How to Install a Kitchen Faucet and Side Sprayer
Time Required: Under 2 hours
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 manufacturers instructions.
- 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.