A pull out spray kitchen faucet is a great addition the modern kitchen. Traditional kitchen faucets make use of a stiff-necked head that usually turns loose, causing leaks. However, a modern pull out spray type of kitchen faucet makes use of a single arm, a hose, spray, and sometimes temperature control options to offer convenience in the kitchen. This type of faucet is great for cleaning kitchen utensils, vegetables, fruits and other objects thoroughly. To install one, here is a simple instruction to follow.
Step 1 - Turn off the Water Supply
When installing the faucet, make certain to turn off the water source before proceeding. If possible, turn off the water source that leads directly to the sink. Have a towel or tack cloth and bucket ready in case of leaks.
Step 2 – Apply Putty on the Base Plate
When working with an old sink, clean the sink to ensure that the old putty is totally removed before applying new putty for the new faucet. This may require scraping the hardened putty with a spoon or an object that can do just that. Apply plumber’s putty on the underside of the base plate or on the plastic putty plate.
Step 3 – Attach the Base Plate to the Sink
If the sink only has one hole in it, there will be no need to install the base plate. However, sinks usually have 3 or 4 holes to work on. To secure the base plate just above the sink holes, attach it on the putty plate and press firmly. The plate usually has two long screws that will attach to the right and left holes on the sink. The middle hole will be used for the faucet.
Step 4 – Insert the Hoses into the Middle Hole
Insert the pullout and supply hoses into the middle hole, and drop the faucet down the hole. Sometimes, supply hoses are not included in the whole pull-out spray kitchen faucet package. For hot and cold water supply hoses, buy separate packages in a home improvement store.
Step 5 – Secure the Faucet in Place
Work under the sink to install the metal washers and lock nut. Insert the supply hoses and the pull-out hose one by one through the metal washers and the mounting nut. Place the washers and nut over the hoses and screw them tightly. To fasten the base plate from under the sink, hand-tighten the nut and use an adjustable wrench to tighten it further, but be careful not to tighten it too much. Tightening the nut excessively may cause it to break.
Step 6 – Remove Extra Putty
During the tightening process, some of the putty may come out of the base plate and the sinkhole. Clean the excess putty using a piece of cloth, a knife or a spoon.
In Part 2, you will learn how to connect tubes to the faucet, how to connect tubes to the water supply, and how to attach the spray head.