Nowadays, faucets have become very easy to install. You can now purchase options that install entirely from the sink’s top thereby eliminating the need to crawl underneath the sink. However, you still need to know a few things before you begin the installation process. Below are seven tips to get you started.
1. Remove the Old Faucet
It can be almost impossible to loosen corroded nuts that hold faucets. If preserving the older tap is not a concern, you can cut the nuts off instead. To do this properly, use either an oscillating tool that has a metal-cutting blade or a rotary tool. Use one of these tools to cut off one side of the nut then use a long, strong substance such a screwdriver to pry away the nut from the body of the faucet.
2. Mount the new Faucet Using Silicone
Most newer faucet models come with a gasket that creates strong bondage between the sink and the product. However, it is still highly recommended to apply some clear silicone to the gasket’s bottom and the tap so as make sure it seals properly. The silicone can also work as an adhesive that helps prevent the faucet from moving or shaking unnecessarily if the nuts end up loosening.
3. Upgrade the Supply Lines
Making sure that the supply lines are connected correctly in a manner that ensures no leakage is an integral part of the installation process. However, new connectors come with braided jackets that have been attached to each end thereby making the connections foolproof.
They are a bit more costly than the older versions but are worth it. With this, you won’t need to tighten up the nut very tightly to make the seal effective. All you will need to do is thread it and tighten using your fingers and use a wrench to add a small turn.
4. Measure the Supply Line Correctly
Most new faucets come with supply lines which are probably not long enough or lack the right threads that will connect to the shut-off valves. To correctly measure the supply line’s length, you will require measuring from the sink’s underside near the faucet connection point to the shut-off valve and include a few inches. If for some reason the supply lines that came with the faucet are not long enough, then you should purchase extensions.
To make sure that the new threads on the supply lines end up accurately matching with those on your shut-off valves, go with one of your supply lines and make sure it matches with the one you intend to buy.
5. Loosen Shut-Off Valves that are Stuck
If you have a stuck shut-off valve, you can free it by slightly loosening or easing up the packing nut. This will help relieve any pressure on the stem valve thereby allowing the valve to be turned quickly. Re-tighten the stem nut just enough to ensure that there is no leakage.
6. Take Out the Aerator Before Turning on Water
When doing plumbing maintenance or repair, debris or other types of minerals and food substances that had built up inside the valves and pipes end up getting dislodged. Removing the aerator helps to prevent these materials from clogging and blocking the water flow to the aerator.
7. Pre-mount the Faucet on an Uninstalled Sink
If the faucet is also being installed alongside with a new sink, you should mount it to the sink before doing any installation. It will be much easier to do this than being forced to place your body in tight or funny angles when installing the faucet.
Even if it’s not a new installation, removing the old sink in order to gain better accessibility when installing the faucet may be actually easier than installing the faucet on it when it is already installed.