If you consider replacing your old faucets with industrial ones, be ready to face unexpected challenges. Most popular problems include difficult-to-reach nuts, corroded pipes, and inadequate access to fittings. However, the task of installing a new faucet is an easier task given the directions from the manufacturer. An hour might be enough for the entire installation. What if you are replacing an old faucet? This could be a difficult task, but we shall see some of the ways to do it like a pro.
Before we start highlighting the steps, we shall check the essential tools and materials that will be needed. It is advisable to plan the replacement of the faucet when there are hardware stores open. This is because you are most likely to require at least one part while replacing the faucet.
The project will require the following tools;
- A wrench set
- Basin wrench
- Tube cutter
- Pipe wrench
- Adjustable wrench
- A screwdriver
- Some of the materials to be used include;
- Sand paper
- New faucet
- Stainless steel supply tubes
You need to have all parts required before starting the process. Otherwise, you are likely to make several trips to the hardware shop. In order to prevent the hassle of moving to and from the hardware store, check the checklist of essential parts and the steps discussed below;
- Check the shutoff valves under your sink because they feed the faucet. If there are no shutoff valves, it is important to include them. But you need also to check if they are functioning properly – turn on hot and cold water at a time and then shut off. If the faucet allows water drips, the valves need to be replaced.
- Check the water supply tubes, measure them, and then consider buying new stainless steel ones. Measurement will help you get the correct tubes. These do not kink when routed around objects.
- Purchase a basin wrench for removing and installing fasteners at the hard-to-reach areas, especially those clamping the faucet components to the sink.
- For removing the drain lines so that the faucet becomes accessible, a pipe wrench is necessary. You may also require a tubing cutter if the copper tubes need to be cut. However, you can use a mini tube cutter if the copper supply lines are located a few inches from the cabinet. For disconnecting and joining the water lines, open-end wrenches are needed.
- It is important to make a sketch or take a snapshot of the drain lines layout before disconnecting. This will help you put it back easily.
- The obstacles that may block access to the faucet are the pipes and P-traps. Pull them out and buy new ones to replace them. Those old chrome-plated lines may break in the removing process. Once you remove them, remember to keep them in a box so that you can use them to match while buying new ones in a hardware store. However, the plastic drain lines can be reused because the wrench may not crush them similarly to chrome-plated drain lines.
- Now you need to remove the garbage disposal unit. But some homeowners have huge units – 20 pounds. No matter the size, do not be afraid of removing it. Unplug it or shut off the circuit breaker in the main panel if it is hard-wired. Disconnect the unit from the sink.
- Now disconnect the water supply lines if you have an old faucet. Whether there are no shutoff valves or you want to replace the faulty ones, turn off main water supply valve and use a tube cutter to cut the pipes.
- Before you turn back the water, ensure the new valves are shut. Use a basin wrench to remove the faucet. If the old nuts of the faucet are difficult to loosen, use penetrating oil to soak the threads. After 5 to 10 minutes, start loosening the nuts once the oil melts the oxide rust. If this does not work, you will be forced to pull out the sink in order to reach the nuts. Start by loosening the screws on the bottom of the sink and then lift it out.
- As I mentioned earlier, installing a new faucet is not as tough as removing an old one. The new faucet comes with directions from the manufacturer, and therefore you can simply follow the steps given.
It is important to plan what to do with the remaining one uncovered hole. Remember only three out of the four holes are covered, and therefore you can choose to use it for an instant hot water dispenser or for a liquid soap. However, the entire installation should be done while under the sink when everything is dismantled.