Learn The Basic Steps Of How A Kitchen Faucet Installation Is Done

Ever wonder how to install a standard kitchen faucet? In this video, Troy provides step-by-step instructions on how to install most kitchen faucets. The installation is quite simple, just watch! If you have a faucet that needs to be replaced but do not feel comfortable doing this on your own, please contact us! We can install all sorts of faucets, and everything else plumbing-related.

Watch our Video and You’ll Learn:

  • How To Properly Setup A Kitchen Faucet.
  • How Kitchen Faucet Installation Is Done.
  • Things You Need To Watch Out For If You’re Installing or Replacing A Kitchen Faucet.

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Enjoy this transcript below!

Troy: Hey Troy, Champion Plumbing out of Eagan, Minnesota. I’m here doing a kitchen faucet replacement. This is the old one. You can see the sprayer. This is getting all chewed up, and it’s just had enough use out of that thing. So we’re going to be replacing it with this Moen. Pretty decent, really nice-looking faucet. I see a lot of people going to the darker bronze look. It’ll match the sink real nice.

When you’re replacing the faucet, they’re not that difficult to do. You got two supply lines, hot’s on left, cold’s on the right. Then you have your faucet connections and the bracket to hold it. So this one, an older one, didn’t have the supply lines attached to it, so there’s some connections to be made there. But literally, these is all the tools I use to change a faucet, a small crescent, and a big channey to get some big nuts off if I have to. All the newer ones, basically, come with a tool like this to install the new one. So pretty simple stuff. Here’s the supply lines, like I said, that are attached to it already.

I will tear the old one out. That’s basically I just cut everything off, disconnect the big nut up top, and then it’ll fall off. Once I get the new one in, I’ll show you the new connections. These are quarter turn … Or not quarter turn, sorry. These are multi-turn shutoffs. They’re very, very common underneath a kitchen sink, behind a toilet, underneath the lav sink. You just turn it to the right until it stops. That should stop the water. I highly recommend opening up the faucet to make sure that the water stopped. In this case, the hot was not stopping so I had to go downstairs and shut the main water off as well. So I’ll show you what it looks like once we’re done.

Okay. Remember when I said just easily take that nut out? I’m glad that I came to this one because it wasn’t so easy. So I tried everything I could to get that nut off. There’s nowhere really to grab on. It was spinning the whole thing. The whole top of the faucet was spinning. So I put these channies on it, or the vise grip on it came up to the top side, tried turning the faucet, snapped in half. stuff out of the way.

I, with the vise grip down there, put the channies on it up here and was able to actually get it to break loose. So sometimes laying underneath isn’t the only way to get them off. If you do run into problems, you can cut these off up top or break them as I did. I just put a little pressure on it, and it snapped pretty clean. Those little copper, you just bend them back and forth. They break right off. Then locked it in down there. Now I’m almost got it off so I can get her cleaned up and put the new one in.

These are the only four pieces that come with this faucet. You got the weight, and you have the nut and the washer that tightens it. Then you have the little plastic smooth piece. You have to put this on it. It protects the hose. Hose protector, there’s the word I was looking for. So you put the weight on. This is all before we take that cover off. You put the weight on, and then you put your cover on to make sure you protect the hose when they’re pulling the hose in and out. So I’ll show you upside down here in just a minute.

Drop the faucet in the hole, got her nice and straight. Keep the handle in the off position. Want to make sure it looks good. These are very easy to put together. Pretty self-explanatory. Two sides. It has a cap on the side that gets clipped in underneath the faucet. Then it’s got a threaded side. The threaded side goes on to the sprayer.
Couple things with this.

I highly recommend you connect the sprayer to the hose before you start feeding it through the hole. Otherwise, you could drop it through, not that I’ve ever done that before. Leave this cap on while you’re dropping it through so you don’t get any debris. There’s just a little rubber washer on there that seals everything up. So you want to make sure you keep it clean. Well as always, right? Keep everything clean, especially the rubber washer connectors, because they don’t have … You can’t tighten them up to stop them from leaking. If you wreck that washer, you’re in trouble.

All right, so we’re up underneath. You got the three hoses coming out, your hotline, cold line, and your sprayer connector. This brass is where we’re going to put our washer and our nut. It’s also where the sprayer hose is coming out. The sprayer hose connector in this faucet, I’ll take the little rubber washer off, or the protector off, push it up in there. It’ll click in, and it’s good. Remember to put on your faucet protector right there. There’s also that little piece right there. Make sure you put that on and the weight on before you clip this in.

The angle of this video sucks, but this is important. So with this faucet, you actually have to put all of those on the line before you clip it in. I’ve got the washer, the nut, and the line protector all on there before I make the clip connection.

I just clipped it in. Literally, you just push it up and it’ll clip. Makes a little snap sound, and it’s good to go. I have all of the four things that came with this faucet on the line, the washer, the nut, the line protector, and the weight are all attached. So now I’m just going to bring it all up, tighten it up on here, make sure it’s facing the right way and looks good. Then we’ll hook up the supply lines.

Again, this is probably the perfect faucet replacement to show people because of all the one-offs with it. Couldn’t get it apart up top. Hot’s on the left, but how do you know which one’s the left looking at this? It’s just kind of backwards. You want to know which one’s hot. Most new facets have a little sticker on them that’ll say hot side.

But if you run the water before you take the faucet out or turn anything off, then you’ll know which side’s hot, which side’s cold, got to do some adjustments there, because the line will be hot and cold. Then you can mark them down here.

This one has a filter attached to it, so the cold is going into a filter and then up to the faucet. Good thing to do. If you’ve seen any of the videos, I’m a huge advocate for filtering water if you’re drinking it. So just a little trick. Run the water so you can feel cold and hot, so you don’t get them backward.

Another thing with faucet supply lines, they have washers at the bottom of them. Any washer supply line, you only tighten it hand tight and then give it about a quarter of a turn. You can see this old one, they had Teflon tape, maybe you can’t see, but Teflon tape on it. You don’t want to do that. It’ll give you a false sense of tight. So if it’s a rubbered fitting, you don’t tighten it up really tight and you don’t put Teflon tape to help you.

Okay, we are all done. One thing you want to make sure is it turns side to side evenly, the off is down in the center. Obviously, you make sure your hot’s on the left and cold is on the right.

This one, again, pretty much everything that could did go wrong. So that’s fantastic for you guys to see. I ended up getting rid of that filter because everything in line, everything I was hooking up with all the fittings that they had in there, it ended up leaking. Everything you touched, something else started to leak. So a quick conversation with the homeowner, and now the supply line is going directly to the shutoff valve, which as a plumber we love to see. Everything’s good.

If you have a faucet and you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, give us a call, or any other plumbing needs, Champion Plumbing out of Eagan, (651) 365-1340. Look us up on the web, www.championplumbing.net, and click that subscribe button.

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