How to Remove a Kitchen Faucet

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Remove an old faucet during a remodel

Kitchen Faucets

Removing an old kitchen faucet is simply a matter of disconnecting the faucet’s hot and cold water supply lines and unscrewing the nuts that hold the faucet in place. This guide will demonstrate the few easy steps necessary to remove an old faucet in preparation for the installation of a new one.

Tip: Use a putty knife to remove any old plumber’s putty or caulk from the sink surface after removal.


Turn off the water
Turn off the water - Remove Kitchen Faucet

Tip: Position towels so the edge of the cabinet doesn’t dig into your back as you work.

• Turn off the water at the shut off valves under the sink or at the main water supply.
• Block the drain opening with a cloth and place a bucket under the sink to catch any dripping water.

Disconnect the supply lines
Disconnect supply lines - Remove Kitchen Faucet

Use an adjustable wrench to disconnect the hot and cold water supply lines.

Remove mounting nuts
Remove mounting nuts - Remove Kitchen Faucet

Spray penetrating oil on the mounting nuts, wait 15 minutes and loosen the nuts counter-clockwise with a basin wrench.

Remove the faucet
Remove the faucet - Remove Kitchen Faucet

Lift the faucet straight up. If it sticks, use the edge of a plastic putty knife to gently work it loose, being careful not to scratch the sink.