How to Replace a Sink Sprayer
Time Required: Under 2 hours
From cleaning the sink to rinsing off food, kitchen sink sprayers add much needed functionality to kitchen sinks. Whether you’re installing a sink sprayer replacement or adding a new sprayer to your current kitchen faucet set-up, it’s a pretty quick and simple update. It’s also a cost-effective alternative to installing an entirely new faucet with a sprayer. Just remember that with any plumbing part, you‘ll be better off in the long run if you choose a quality sprayer from a reputable manufacturer.
This guide will show you how to replace a kitchen sink sprayer in just a few steps.
- Turn off the water at the shut off valves under the sink or at the main water supply source.
- Open sink faucets to drain out any water left in the lines.
- If replacing a kitchen faucet sprayer, pull the old sprayer out and turn the head counterclockwise to remove it as well as to remove the gasket.
- Go underneath the sink and follow the sprayer hose back to the faucet assembly.
- With an adjustable wrench, loosen the mounting nut that connects the sprayer to the faucet and remove the hose.
- Apply a 1/4-inch bead of plumber‘s putty to the bottom edge of the sprayer base and place the tailpiece of the sprayer base into the sink opening.
- From underneath the sink, put a friction washer over the tailpiece.
- Screw the mounting nut onto the tailpiece and tighten it with a basin wrench or with a pair of slip joint pliers.
- Wipe away any excess putty from around the base.
- Use your fingers to screw the sprayer hose onto the hose nipple on the bottom of the faucet.
- Hand tighten the hose nut. Then, use a basin wrench or a pair of slip joint pliers to tighten it another 1-quarter turn.