DIY: Installing a new kitchen faucet

Why pay exorbitant amounts of money for kitchen repairs you can do yourself for half the cost? This week’s DIY is installing a kitchen faucet. Home Depot’s Continte Smith, a department supervisor at the Midtown store, walks us through these simple five steps.

1. Cut your water off: It seems simple, but it’s a step people sometimes skip. Once you do that, label your supply line hot and cold as you’re disconnecting.

2. Once you take the faucet off, you want to clean the surface before installing your new faucet.

3. Use clear caulk. Once you put your new faucet in and put the base in, you’ll want to use some clear caulk around the base. This will keep the new faucet in place and prevent leaks.

4. Test for leaks at the end. Don’t just walk away from your job. Make sure you test the faucet for leaks.

Q: How do you choose a faucet?

A: Find a faucet that is appealing to you, taking into consideration the various finishes.  You also want to consider price points.

Q: What tools do I need?

A: You’ll need two wrenches, including a basin wrench. You’ll need one wrench to hold one line while you’re working on the other line. You also need a bucket to keep underneath the sink while you work to catch any run-off water.

Q: How long will this project take?

A: From start to finish, it should take about 35 or 40 minutes.

Home Depot is hosting free Do It Herself workshops on Thursday, Sept. 24, throughout the country. From 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m., in-store experts will give tips and demonstrations on kitchen improvement renovations.  Click here to watch a video about some of what you’ll learn.

Click here to register for the workshop.

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One comment Add your comment

Tom

September 23rd, 2009
8:40 am

Ah … but you make it sound so simple. You haven’t talked about squeezing and catorting your body into the cabinet … or bending you head around the garbage disposal … or banging your knuckles on the drain pipe.

All in all it is worth it … and it makes you kitchen or bathroom look so much better … Have fun with it … and you realize why plumbers can get paid $80 an hour …