How to Install a New Tap in Your Kitchen

 


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Are you in the situation where your faucet or tap is broken and there’s no-one around to fix it? Or are you irritated by the sound of ’tip-tap’ coming out of your faucet? Fear not, you are not the only one facing this problem. Instead of calling a plumber which will cost you more money, why not try to replace your kitchen faucet by yourself. It is easier than you think and with the right methods you can master it just in time. Not only will it save you more money but the new kitchen faucet will improve the appearance of your kitchen and its functionality as well. There are two ways on replacing the faucet. One way is to take the sink out of the counter-top  Then, affix the new faucet and put the whole assembly in place again. It will save you from trouble if you are consent from a landlord to do this if you are renting. The other way is by going under the cabinet and wedging underneath it. In this instance, be prepared to contort into small spaces so that you can reach everything while fixing the new tap.

You don’t have to be professional to do this; anyone can install a new kitchen faucet. What you need is guts, patient and willingness to go with the dirt and mess. Here are some methods on how you can install a new kitchen faucet. All the tools that you need can be found in hardware store, don’t be hesitated to ask the store assistant if you have questions about the tools.

What You Need Before Installing a Kitchen Tap:

  • New tap set
  • Basin wrench
  • Silicone caulk
  • Flashlight
  • Vinegar
  • Razor blade
  • Steel wool pad
  • Towel
Turn Off The Water

Don’t forget to turn off your water supply! The last thing you will want is a flood on your hands.

Getting Started

  • Start by cutting off the water supply to the sink before you begin installing the new faucet. There are two ways, either by the main water supply that supplies water for the entire house or the valves under the sink. To make sure that the water supply is completely out, try turning on the old faucet and see if there is water flowing.
  • Next, loose the nuts that hold the old faucet in place by using the basin wrench. There are two types of faucet, the old faucet’s are bottom mounted and connected above the sink while the top mounted faucets are connected on the bottom. Nowadays, top mount faucets are the most commonly used faucet. It will always have a base plate. So, the process will be the same if you chose to either pull out the sink or work underneath it.
  • Although, the water supply has already stopped, it is best to keep a handy towel with you to soak up any spilling water when you are removing the nuts that hold the faucet in place. Remove any grease that can stain the sinks surface. Use vinegar and hot water solution to soften the grease and then remove it carefully by using a razor blade or steel wool pad.

Now That it’s Ready

  • Then, squeeze out a smooth line of silicone caulk onto the bottom and inner edge of the base plate of the faucet assembly. To make a more watertight-seal, press it firmly in place. You can abandon this step if your new tap came with a rubber gasket. Next, get back under the sink and affix the washers and nuts on the stem pieces and tighten the nuts a little with a basin wrench. To avoid yourself bruising your ribs on the edge of the sink cabinet when working under the sink, use a rag or old towel to lean on. A basin wrench is much more reliable if your new faucet set did not include a long socket for tightening the nuts. Replace the supply lines if needed.
  • Before turning on the water supply, tighten everything in place to prevent any water leakage.
  • Finally, run the cold water first and examine under the sink for any water leaks. Then continue with the hot water. To make sure there is no water leaking from under the base plate, check the water fixture from above.
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