How to Install a Wall Mount Kitchen Faucet
Installing a wall mount kitchen faucet is probably one of the most difficult jobs that you can do. Most kitchens are not designed to have wall-mounted features, so the plumbing and other arrangements are just not there. If you are having real trouble, you can call in an expert, and have them do the job for you, the biggest expense will be the pipes. But if you have previous home improvement experience and have some confidence that you can do the job, then here are a few simple tips that will help you to get the job done without having to call in an emergency plumber.
Step 1 - Finding the Right Location
A wall-mounted kitchen faucet cannot just be placed anywhere. Knowing the right tiles or wall to break through, and how to put them back afterward, is essential. If you have any doubts about where you should break through, then hiring a plumber to put in the pipes is the best way. Once you have located your spot, or your plumber has performed the water pipe extension, cut the pipes to the required length, and place them on the pipes at the correct point. Use jointing fixtures to seal the join between the different pipes, and then caulk around both pipes and the joint, using 100% silicone. This will help to prevent water from leaking through the joint.
Step 2 - Install the Faucet
Once the pipes are in place, measure where you want the faucet to be. Take sound measurements, and then allow a 1 inch gap between the faucet and the top of the sink. Anything more than 1 inch will cause the water to splash the sink and may lead to the floor in front of the faucet becoming wet. When you are certain of the level, mark it off, and then drill holes into the wall at that point. Take care when drilling that there are no other pipes or wires behind the wall.
Step 3 - Adding the Furniture
The kitchen faucet spout may need to be attached to a separate wall plate in order to allow it to be attached to the wall. Once both items are ready, screw the wall plate into position in the holes you have already drilled. Fasten using bolts. After you have positioned the spout, add the handles and taps. These may also be connected to the wall plate, using the washers. bolts and other equipment supplied. Tighten all of the faucet furniture, and make sure they are secure.
Step 4 - Finishing Up
Connect the pipes to the spout, and then caulk around the wall plate and pipes. You may need to support the pipes by adding brackets half-way up the stem in order to prevent them becoming detached from the spout and leaking water into the room. Tile over any holes made in the wall, check the pipes for leakage by turning on and off, then look for signs of water. You should now be able to use your kitchen faucet.