How To Replace A Kitchen Faucet With Sprayer

How To Replace A Kitchen Faucet With Sprayer

1-2 hours A side sprayer is a useful complement to kitchen faucets that makes washing dishes easier 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 manufacturer’s instructions. WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT Adjustable wrench Kitchen faucet Side sprayer New supply lines Basin wrench Silicone caulk Plumber’s putty TOOLS Adjustable wrench MATERIALS Kitchen faucet Side sprayer New supply lines (optional) Basin wrench Silicone caulk/Plumber’s putty 1 Turn off water Turn off the water at the shut off valves under the sink or at the main water supply. 2 Connect supply lines to faucet • Connect the supply lines to the faucet tailpieces. • Tighten the coupling nuts with slip-joint pliers or a basin wrench. 3 Apply sealant and position faucet • 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. 4 Screw on mounting nuts • 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. 5 Connect supply lines to shut off valves • 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. 6 Apply sealant to sprayer base • 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. 7 Screw in mounting nuts • 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. 8 Screw in the sprayer hose • 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.
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How To Replace A Kitchen Faucet With Sprayer

1 Turn off water Turn off the water at the shut off valves under the sink or at the main water supply. 2 Connect supply lines to faucet • Connect the supply lines to the faucet tailpieces. • Tighten the coupling nuts with slip-joint pliers or a basin wrench. 3 Apply sealant and position faucet • 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. 4 Screw on mounting nuts • 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. 5 Connect supply lines to shut off valves • 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. 6 Apply sealant to sprayer base • 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. 7 Screw in mounting nuts • 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. 8 Screw in the sprayer hose • 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.
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How To Replace A Kitchen Faucet With Sprayer

Fix an Erratic Sink Sprayer Inside your faucet, there’s a “diverter” valve, which stops the water flow to the spout and sends it to the sprayer when you press the spray head’s trigger. Here are the symptoms of diverter trouble: Very little water, or none at all, comes out of the sprayer when you press the trigger. A bad sprayer head can cause this, but more often the diverter is the culprit. To check this, remove the spray head and turn on the faucet. If the water flow out of the hose is weak, the diverter is to blame. The sprayer pulsates like a machine gun. Water continues to flow out of the faucet spout when you’re using the sprayer. Often, a misbehaving diverter needs only light scrubbing with a toothbrush and a good rinse. But since removing a diverter usually requires major faucet disassembly, it’s best to simply replace the diverter rather than risk taking it apart again. Diverter styles and removal procedures differ widely. Some are small valves like the one shown here. Others are larger cylinders that don’t look like valves at all. Some newer diverters aren’t inside the faucet, but are instead connected to the sprayer hose below. So the first step in diverter repair is finding a diagram of your faucet. If you can’t find your owner’s manual, do an online search. Type in the manufacturer of your faucet followed by “faucet parts diagram.” With a little searching, you’ll find an illustration showing your faucet’s internal parts. You’ll also find several sources for replacement parts online. To find a local supplier, check theYellow Pages under “Plumbing, Fixtures” or search online. Disassemble the faucet to access the diverter.
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How To Replace A Kitchen Faucet With Sprayer

Fix an Erratic Sink Sprayer Inside your faucet, there’s a “diverter” valve, which stops the water flow to the spout and sends it to the sprayer when you press the spray head’s trigger. Here are the symptoms of diverter trouble: Very little water, or none at all, comes out of the sprayer when you press the trigger. A bad sprayer head can cause this, but more often the diverter is the culprit. To check this, remove the spray head and turn on the faucet. If the water flow out of the hose is weak, the diverter is to blame. The sprayer pulsates like a machine gun. Water continues to flow out of the faucet spout when you’re using the sprayer. Often, a misbehaving diverter needs only light scrubbing with a toothbrush and a good rinse. But since removing a diverter usually requires major faucet disassembly, it’s best to simply replace the diverter rather than risk taking it apart again. Diverter styles and removal procedures differ widely. Some are small valves like the one shown here. Others are larger cylinders that don’t look like valves at all. Some newer diverters aren’t inside the faucet, but are instead connected to the sprayer hose below. So the first step in diverter repair is finding a diagram of your faucet. If you can’t find your owner’s manual, do an online search. Type in the manufacturer of your faucet followed by “faucet parts diagram.” With a little searching, you’ll find an illustration showing your faucet’s internal parts. You’ll also find several sources for replacement parts online. To find a local supplier, check theYellow Pages under “Plumbing, Fixtures” or search online.
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How To Replace A Kitchen Faucet With Sprayer

Remove the Old Faucet Using a basin wrench, reach up behind the faucet, and unscrew the coupling nuts connecting the supply tubes to the faucet (figure 1). Use the basin wrench to remove the mounting nuts holding the faucet in place (figure 2). With the mounting nuts disconnected, lift out the old faucet, and use an adjustable wrench to disconnect the sprayer hose from the assembly (figure 3). Lift out the sprayer hose. After the faucet is removed, use a scouring pad to clean the sink surface thoroughly. If the sprayer-hose escutcheon cap is in good shape, you may want to leave it on. If not, replace it with the one included with the new faucet.

How To Replace A Kitchen Faucet With Sprayer

Using a basin wrench, reach up behind the faucet, and unscrew the coupling nuts connecting the supply tubes to the faucet (figure 1). Use the basin wrench to remove the mounting nuts holding the faucet in place (figure 2). With the mounting nuts disconnected, lift out the old faucet, and use an adjustable wrench to disconnect the sprayer hose from the assembly (figure 3). Lift out the sprayer hose. After the faucet is removed, use a scouring pad to clean the sink surface thoroughly. If the sprayer-hose escutcheon cap is in good shape, you may want to leave it on. If not, replace it with the one included with the new faucet.

How To Replace A Kitchen Faucet With Sprayer

How To Replace A Kitchen Faucet With Sprayer