This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. Permits, Inspection, and Installation Costs Unless you alter the actual plumbing coming in under your sink, no permits or inspections are required to replace a kitchen faucet. To learn how to clean out debris when you're replacing a kitchen faucet, scroll down! Cut old copper water supply lines using a close-quarter hacksaw; catch any water dripping out in a bucket. Our second priority was cutting the cabinet front to fit the sink cleanly, with no gaps. Connect the water-supply lines to the hot- and cold-water shutoff valves. From below the sink, slip two adapters and a lock ring onto the throat fitting. We chose to try to fit our farmhouse sink into the cabinet without a frame because we liked the cleaner look, knowing that, should anything go wrong, the simple frame could be our backup plan.
Use a multipurpose cleaner and an old washcloth to lift up any grime that may have developed around the old faucet. Lift the disposer onto the lock ring and tighten with a screwdriver. Align the faucet over the holes in your sink. Be sure all the hoses connected to the faucet go through the center hole. Put plumber's putty around the flange on the garbage disposer's throat fitting, then press the fitting down into one of the sink's drain holes. Some faucets, like ours, have a gasket that goes between the sink and the faucet.
Don't tighten all the way — you'll want room to attach plumber's putty underneath the faucet assembly. Most sinks today have three holes to accommodate the faucet. Plug the water-supply lines, power line, and data cable into the push-to-connect fittings along the top and bottom of the control box. If so, turn the valve off and tighten the nuts with your wrench again. Follow This Old House and Ask This Old House: Facebook: Twitter: Pinterest: G+: Instagram: Tumblr:. Open the shutoff valves, then test the faucet.
Choose a new faucet that matches the style of your old faucet. Pull the faucet out of the sink and clean any grime or residue. From below, slide the ends of the hoses and cable through the support bar and mounting washer. Ask This Old House solves the steady stream of home improvement problems faced by our viewers—and we make house calls! The first type is easier to install, but clearly not as authentic. Your water lines are hoses connected together with hexagonal nuts.
If there are any questions or doubt in regards to the element of a project, please consult with a licensed professional. Buff-clean the ends of the hot- and cold-water pipes with a strip of emery cloth. They could select a sink from the mid-1800s, the house's early timeframe, or one dating to the year they had documented the installation of indoor plumbing on the house, which was 1948. . Because the sink is located 25' from the water heater, last year he built a new extension for the recirculating hot water line so they could get hot water faster. I have the exact kitchen faucet as the one in the video my? This Old House releases new segments every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Remove the knockout plug from the side of the disposer using a screwdriver. They were also fortunate enough to have found a sketch of the kitchen's early layout and have a few original, untouched pantry doors on which to model the cabinets. Be careful the valves will be hot. We were using semi-custom cabinets for our kitchen, and there was no option for a farmhouse sink, so we needed to figure out a way to support the cabinet and cut its front to fit the sink on our own. We'd seen two types of installations for farmhouse sinks on the Internet and in retail demo kitchens. In the end, our efforts turned out pretty well—the fit is close enough that we don't feel the need to frame in the sink, and our kitchen has a farmhouse-in-the-city feel that complements our house. Some sinks will have multiple holes to accommodate different types of faucets.
While some will charge a flat-fee to handle the installation, most will charge by the hour if you provide your own kitchen faucet. There are also two types: false farmhouse sinks usually made of stainless steel that create the apron effect with a separate piece, and actual apron-front sinks that require precise measuring to fit within cabinetry. Water supply connections will vary by manufacturer and faucet. We chose a Shaw's fireclay sink in a style that has been handmade in the U. Use a screwdriver to tighten the three screws on the lock ring.
If you have questions about this or any other home improvement project, be sure to read our list of Frequently Asked Questions for this video. The best resource for that type would probably be salvage. Connect the spray hose to the underside of the faucet by snapping on the spring clip. I particularly like that the article recommends making sure that you measure the holes before you buy the new faucet. Next, align your new faucet with the holes in the sink and feed the supply tubes through the center hole.
Place the new faucet's mounting plate and gasket onto the sink deck. In addition, the sink's heft—which at some 200 pounds, weighs more than a countertop—required that the cabinet be fortified. If you had to disconnect a garbage disposal earlier, plug it back in. Snap the counterbalance weight onto the hose that's connected to the retractable faucet spray head. Make marks for the area to be cut out, flip the new countertop over, then transfer these marks to the back using a tape measure.
Feed the supply tubes into the hole and position the new faucet. So how do you decide between the many options out there? The new sink doesn't have a built-in backsplash, and it has a single basin. Resources: Richard installed the Parma Single Handle Pre-Rinse Kitchen Faucet, manufactured by Danze. Be sure to measure wall to wall, not from the inside edges of the old countertop. If you have a garbage disposal or P-trap under your sink, unplug it or disconnect the power before moving on.