I am going to show you the steps on how to install one of these new kitchen faucets. These are becoming more popular. It’s a single handle faucet and instead of having a separate sprayer, the whole body pulls out and you are able to use it like a sprayer. So I’ll show you the steps on how to install this. The faucet comes with this threaded collar, locked on to this threaded rod.
You have to remove this first and we are going to put this base of the faucet, we are going to slip in on and leave it in between this hose and this going to sit on top of the sink. I turned the sink backwards so it’s easy for you to see how I connect it. But one problem with few of these faucets is the handle only turns back and forth to a certain degree.
So you need to try to line this faucet in the center, so that when you put it in the sink it’s going to be centered for us. So it’s important to look at that first. So now we are going to slip it into the body of the sink and we are just going to feed it through the one hole. And this is different than some faucets that are going to have two threaded rods, one for the hot, one for the cold.
Both of the hot and cold are in the center and we are just going to drop it in, making sure that we’ve lined up the center, where this is going to turn on and off. And I might even adjust it just a little bit, so that that’s centered. And in this case it looks like these holes in the back are pretty much centered, so we want to keep those straight back.
I am going to throw the rubber washer and the metal washer, we are going to pass the hose through it and also the tubes that are going to connect to the hot and cold and we’ve got to kind of weave this around all three, so that it passes through that inside diameter and it’s not easy. There we go. And now we are going to make sure that we’ve got the front lined up.
Then we are going to take our threaded nut and we are going to push it up the same way and then tighten it down on that threaded post. All right. So I am tightening up the nut, making sure the handle is centered and once we get this to the top, we are going to snug it off fairly tight and then we are going to use these two screws and we are going to completely tighten it down and force it into place.
The flexible tube that goes to the handle, I put a little bit of plumber’s grease all around this O-ring and it’s going to keep it from drying up as quickly and it’s going to allow me to pop this in place without scratching it or causing a little scratch that would possibly leak. So once we have that greased up, we are going to snap this into place and then it has a little set screw that we are going to tighten down and then we are going on to the next step where we are going to attach our supply line.
Now we are going to connect the supply line to the faucet and almost all kitchen sinks are going to have half inch iron pipe coming out of the body of the faucet itself. In this case we’ve got one group coming out of the middle of the faucet. A lot of faucets are actually going to have threaded pipes coming from the left and right side of the faucet body, but in this case we have supply tubes that are copper, so we have to be very careful as we tighten this.
In the supply line itself, in most cases you are going to have half inch iron pipe that’s connected to your faucet. And then connected to the valve, the most common size is three eights compression. You could possibly have a half inch compression, or half inch iron pipe, but in most cases is going to be half inch iron pipe to the faucet, three eights compression to the valve.
A great trick is to take your old supply lines, if you are changing your faucet, bring the supply line with you to the hardware store and that way you are guaranteed that the new supply lines are going to be the right size. So we are going to take this supply line, we are going to connect it to the supply tube and we are going to be very careful that we hold this fitting here with a wrench as we tighten this nut because of the soft copper.
And those are the steps to put together a kitchen faucet with a single handle and the sprayer hooked to the body. The only thing I have to add to a faucet like this is this little weight they give you and you just connect it to the bottom of the loop and when you use your sprayer and push it back into the body of the faucet, it just helps push the hose back down. So that’s all there is to it.
Before you connect the new supply line to either your faucet or dishwasher, you’d want to bleed it first. So I connected the supply line to the valve and I am just going to let it run for a couple of seconds. And if you had any debris build up, just from working and get caught in here, you don’t want it to get caught in the aerator, in the faucet or especially for the dishwasher, all the small pieces inside the dishwasher.
So it’s always a good idea to grab a bucket, bleed it first, and especially if have galvanized pipe and you shut off the water and you’ve turned the main back on, just that activity sometimes shakes loose a lot of rust, so it’s always a good idea to bleed your valve before you connect a new supply line.
To finish off the faucet, I connected the supply lines and I opened the valves with a bucket and bled them to get any debris out and then it’s always a good idea to take off the aerator, which I did and bleed it.