Shell Busey - Put An End To Dripping FaucetDecember 5th 2014
Q: We have an older kitchen faucet that not only drips at times, but has become a bit unsightly looking. Can we replace it ourselves?
A: Faucets can last a long time with the odd internal repair, but eventually things wear out and as in your case, the exterior can become worn or corroded. Replacement is not difficult.
Turn off the stop valves for both the hot and water supply lines leading to the fittings. If there are no stop valves, turn off the closet ones in the supply lines between the water heater and cold water supply. If necessary, you can turn off at the main valve, which will shut off water to the whole house.
Open the faucet and let as much water as possible drain out.
If you have a basin wrench, it will save you a lot of trouble, especially behind a deep kitchen sink where room is limited. Remove the nuts holding the supply line to the faucet, and then remove the hexagonal nuts that hold the faucet to the sink. The old faucet can then be lifted out.
Take the old faucet with you to shop for the new one. This will make sure you get the correct replacement size. Check the new faucet for fit in the actual installation; nuts and washers will be beneath the sink. Clean the area on top of the sink where the faucet will be installed. Most exposed deck faucets (the deck is the part that conceals the various inner components) will have a rubber gasket on the bottom. If you new one does not, put a ring of plumber’s putty on the sink where the faucet will be placed. Set the faucet in place, slip the washers over the faucet shanks from beneath the sink and turn the nuts on the shanks with your fingers and tighten with the basin wrench. Then reconnect the supply lines adjusting as necessary to fit the new faucet.
Turn on the water and check all connections for leakage.
It’s Just That Easy!