How Easy It is to Install a Kitchen Faucet

Your options for your kitchen faucet’s main material pretty much come down to solid brass or plastic. Kitchen sinks are one of the most functional elements in any kitchen.

Internally, your kitchen faucet will control the flow of water using rubber washers, a
plastic or ceramic cartridge, a plastic, brass, or stainless steel ball valve, or a
ceramic disk.

Installing a kitchen faucet into a new sink is simple because you can do it before
setting the sink in place, with full access to the faucet parts, including the hard-to-
reach mounting nuts.

If the sink is already in place, replacing a kitchen faucet can be a challenge since
your only access is from under the sink. Depending on your circumstance, you may
find it easier in the long run to remove the sink first.

After installing your new kitchen faucet, remove the aerator from the faucet and
flush the lines to ensure that any debris does not clog and reduce the water flow.
Many new faucets require some assembly before mounting to the sink; if that is the
case, follow the manufacturer’s directions.

Insert the rubber gasket between the base plate of the kitchen faucet and the sink
top to create a watertight seal. If no gasket is provided, pack the cavity of the faucet
with plumber’s putty, then inserts the faucet body through the holes in the sink top.

Thread the mounting nuts provided onto the faucet shafts, then center the threaded
shafts in the sink’s holes and tighten the nuts firmly.

Hook up the kitchen faucet’s hot and cold supply lines to the water supply shutoff
valves under the sink. Simply wrap a couple of turns of pipe-wrap tape around the
threaded nipples on the valves and connect the tubes. Tighten the nuts with an
adjustable wrench.

Roger King has been writing articles on home decorating ideas [] for several years, and has been helping people find and review the best value for interior design solutions.