What You Need to Know to Install a New Faucet in Your Kitchen

Installing another faucet in your kitchen can be simple if you know every one of the details beforehand. Check out these tips and FAQs on what you need to know before installing another faucet in your kitchen.

We installed another faucet in our kitchen a few weeks prior and I have been so surprised at how many individuals have been fascinated and astounded by how we did it and the whirlwind of questions that go with their fervor on how to know what they need to do it as well. So I chose to not just show you how I went from a blah, every day, slightly flawed kitchen faucet with mismatched accessories in a variety of finishes, to a beautiful statement piece that looks and functions seamlessly with the rest of the kitchen.

If you remember, in the course of recent years we lived here we have been slowly remodeling our home on a budget. I shared about the big changes we made in our budget kitchen renovation here. The one thing that remained old, and well… yucky, was the faucet and the mismatched accessories. The faucet was utilitarian and certainly not frightful, but it spilled. Also as we changed and modernized the kitchen the faucet seemed more and more strange. I need something classic and beautiful that makes a statement. Since it would be in the middle of the kitchen I wanted something beautiful that could be a showpiece.

I looked at many but settled on the Moen Lindley Faucet. It has a high bend that made a statement, and a classic design that coordinated our customary kitchen perfectly. It comes with a coordinating soap siphon, and we were sent an air hole in a coordinating finish so that the majority of the accessories would match and support the design rather than the mish-mash of finishes we had before.

What do I Need to Know to Install Another Kitchen Faucet?

1. How many openings or holes does your current faucet use?

Usually, your current faucet will either mount into one gap and have a lever handle that turns the water on and off – OR – it will mount into three holes with the faucet, the high temp water handle, and the cold water handle each mounting into their very own gap.

If you have one opening you can easily choose any faucet that mounts into one gap. If you have three holes, you can choose a faucet that mounts into three or use the connector plate that is incorporated into with many of the faucets, including the Lindley, to retrofit a one opening faucet into your installation.

2. How long does it take to install?

It tends to be a genuinely quick processor can take the better part of multi-day relying upon your situation. Often evacuating the old faucet can be the hardest part of the activity since the connections can end up eroded making it difficult to remove. The installation of the new faucet should be moderately easy when installing a user amicable brand like Moen, by following the steps in the instruction manual.

Also, ensuring you have the right tools to do the activity can drastically increase your efficiency and make the process much faster.

3. What tools do I need to replace my faucet?

These tools are genuinely basic and promptly accessible at Home Warehouse or your neighborhood home supply store.

  • Phillips and Customary Screwdrivers
  • Adjustable Wrench (or basin wrench for difficult to reach areas)
  • Flashlight
  • Pliers
  • Plumber's Putty (not required on all installations)
  • Thread seal tape
  • Allen Wrench (not required on all installations)

4. What should I look for when buying a faucet?

Quality of construction-The most widely recognized source of leaks in faucets is in the washers and springs. Faucets like Moen's Lindley use a washerless cartridge construction which eliminates these basic causes for spilling.

Feel of the handle-This may sound silly, but do not underrate this! When we were redoing our upstairs washroom I found some super shabby cleared out no name faucets that we installed. Big mistake. The water doesn't respond evenly with how you pull the handle and it makes it feel as if it doesn't work right. With the number of times you turn a faucet on and off during multi-day this matters a great deal and can be exceptionally irritating.

Warranty-Higher quality faucets like Moen will accompany a lifetime warranty against leaks, drips, and finish defects.

Finish-You wants the faucet you choose to not exclusively be accessible in a finish that coordinates with your home, but also for that finish to stand up after some time. You don't want a shabby finish that will blur, stain, scratch or rub off after some time.

Pressure-adjusting Ensure the faucet you choose has pressure adjusting to dispose of the changes in pressure and temperature resulting from someone flushing the toilet or turning on the washer.

Installation-Ensure that the item has design features that make it quick and easy to install.