Over the holiday break Allyson and I said goodbye to our home’s bad faucet in the kitchen. Trust me, it was really bad. There were leaks everywhere on the sprayer. Also, for some reason they made it as complicated as possible to operate. So we decided to complete a new kitchen faucet installation.
I’ll admit, the old faucet did have a lot of features. In order to work the sprayer, you had to turn on the faucet, rotate the lever in the red circle and then squeeze the sprayer handle (blue rectangle). Super intuitive. Another great feature was the tiny streams of water that shot out of the black plastic around the sprayer anytime you used it. Really good for wiping the counter down. And of course, who can forget the post-modern kinked metal braided hose that went to the sprayer (green hexagon)? I’m not one to kink shame, seek your bliss, but who looked at that design and thought it was a good idea?
Needless to say, it was time for an upgrade. Around here, that meant figuring out how to do a kitchen faucet installation ourselves. I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to replace the faucet ourselves.
Allyson found a faucet that she liked online from a big box store and ordered it directly to the house. Before we could hook it up, we had to remove the old faucet. Most kitchen sinks have valves to shut off the water right at the faucet connection. Luckily, ours had these as well, which made shutting the water off and disconnecting the hot and cold lines to the faucet extremely simple.
To shut off the water I closed the quarter turn valves in the green circles. Then, after opening up the old faucet to drain the water already in the lines, I undid the nuts that connect the braided line to the Pex connector. At that point it was easy to remove the old faucet.
To remove the old faucet, Allyson held it from above the counter while I used a monkey wrench to remove the brass nut in the photo above. Pretty easy, even if the under sink access was tight.
New faucet time! The installation of the new faucet was simple. All we had to do was follow the old faucet removal steps, but in reverse. I did have to cut away some of the plywood under the countertop to give access to the new sink connection. A reciprocating saw made quick work of this modification.
The black hose management system really helped keep everything clean under the sink after passing the hoses through the counter. The one weird feature of this faucet is the fact that the sprayer is separate from the normal faucet hoses, despite coming out of the same nozzle head. That means there’s an extra hose that comes out of the faucet and then loops back up into the sprayer. It really didn’t change the installation process, as all we had to do was hook back up the hot and cold water supply.
That’s it! We tested the connections to make sure there were no leaks at the new hookups. With these connections, no tape or pipe dope is required. We just hand tighten the nut and then use a wrench to tighten another quarter turn or so.
Completing the kitchen faucet installation definitely improved the look of our kitchen. Not to mention that it doesn’t spray water where we don’t want it anymore! Add in the benefit that it was a simple project that only took about an hour, and I am one happy camper.