Hey guy, In this article I’m going to show you how to install this beautiful single hole kitchen faucet. It is solid brass and stainless steel. Most faucets are installed in the same way. So, you shouldn’t have any issues. Let’s get started.
How To Replace Kitchen Faucet
Let’s take a look inside the box and see what we get. We get the Flex connectors, we get the weight and that’s for the pullout part of the faucet. I’ll show you how to install that later. We get the beautiful heavy-duty faucet itself with all the connections.
Step-by-Step Replace Guide: how to replace kitchen faucet
First Step: I’m replacing this name-brand faucet with this new stainless steel faucet. All right, let’s get started and remove the old faucet. First, shut off the angle stops underneath. If you’re unsure where the angle stops or shutoffs our follow the Flex connector from the top of the faucet down to where it connects in.
You’re going to want to do that with the hot and the cold side. Be sure to open up the faucet hot and cold side to check if in fact the faucet is shut off. This also helps relieve any excess water that’s inside the faucet. So, it doesn’t drip on you when you disconnect it below.
Next, let’s start removing this faucet and remember every kitchen faucet is going to be different. The first step that I’m doing is I remove this plastic little part here which is just a snap-in connection.
Next, let’s remove the weight from the hose, the snap-off connection by unscrewing it from a hose grab a bucket because you may get water. Next, let’s remove the weight. Now you can come back up to the top of the faucet and remove the hose.
All right, let’s hop under the sink again and I’ve got myself two open-ended adjustable wrenches. I’m putting one open-ended adjustable wrench on the Flex connector and one to back up the faucet. So, I can disconnect the Flex connectors from the faucet.
This particular faucet has a secondary brass fitting which is pretty uncommon. Actually, it’s held in by a little cotter pin. Here on the top and I’ll show you in here how to get that off simply by pulling it out. Ones the cotter pin is off simply pull the brass fitting off and there you have it.
All right, now I’m doing the same for the other side. Let’s get that Flex connector off and we’ll remove the second brass bushing once again by slipping the cotter pin off and pulling on the brass fitting. Here I’ve got myself a funny looking wrench. This is called a basin wrench.
If you don’t have that a crescent wrench will work just fine not as easy but it’ll work to use. A basin wrench is pretty simple. You will simply put the basin wrench on the net here and the basin wrench flips two different directions. Make sure you have it in the direction to remove the nut.
Slide it up flush against that nut and start turning it. However, as I said earlier we can do this with an open-ended adjustable wrench as well. Once I’ve got that loose enough with the open-ended adjustable wrench. We can start manually turning it with our hands. Be sure to back the faucet up on the bottom here with your second hand because as that nut becomes loose.
The faucet can definitely drop into your sink and possibly break something. If you have two people, of course, this job is easier. All right let’s hop back up on top here and now we can remove the whole faucet.
I like to grab some cleaning product I’ve got a Jack’s here. Sometimes common or anything and just kind of give this area a nice little cleaning. When faucets off because it’s your one and only chance before the new faucet comes in to do so.
Second Step: Grab your open-ended adjustable wrench and remove both Flex connectors from the angle stop sides. We’re doing this because our faucet comes with Flex connectors and I’ll show you later how to install those. Now we can get started installing our faucet.
This faucet is a single hole faucet. It’s only made for one of these holes up on top here. However, it can be installed in any application. So, there are two different ways to install faucets either a single hole like our faucet. Three-hole as you can see on top I’ve got two other things a push button garbage disposal and a pure water faucet on the top of mine.
So, I need a single hole faucet. However, you can install this faucet if you have a three-hole sink in a three whole application. By simply getting a plate of the very inexpensive plate for a few dollars. That will cover these three holes and you set the faucet right on top of that.
Here is a sinkhole cover that is super easy to install. The way it’s installed is simply screw the nut from the threads here and push the plate down and screw it from underneath the sink into the brass threads.
All right let’s get this faucet installed as you can see it’s very heavy duty. The first thing that I like to do is remove these items right here. First is the nut that locks in and then as you can see that nut has two screws on it. We’ll go over that a little bit later let’s put that off to the side.
Next is our flat metal washer we’ll put that down to be installed later and finally is our black rubber gasket. There also is the secondary waterproof gasket on the top here which is nice. So, you don’t even have to install a plumber’s putty or silicone.
Next, let’s grab our Flex connectors as you can see there are two little black rings right here. So there is no Teflon tape or pace that is needed. I like to do this step outside before I’ve installed the faucet even though I think the manufacturer’s design.
This faucet to be installed while you’re underneath the kitchen sink but everything, when you’re laying on your back, is a little more difficult. So I like to do it before the faucet is installed. Grab an open-ended adjustable wrench and cinch that down pretty tight but don’t go overboard.
Next, I’ll do the same for the other side because I’m having a little difficulty is screwing the second Flex connector into the rigid pipe. I’ve just grabbed myself a little screwdriver to a wedge a little more room in here.
This is the most difficult part of the whole installation. I just a little tight but I’m willing to forgive that because the faucet is so fairly priced and it’s very heavy-duty. All right I grabbed my opening an adjustable wrench and I tighten the second Flex connector. After I wedged it with the screwdriver and now we are good to go.
The next step is to set the faucet on the whole. This faucet is great because it can be installed in several different directions. I like it here because I’m right-handed but if you need the room. Because there’s tile or something close in the back it can be installed without a problem in the front.
Sometimes the tile hits or gains it hits that handle. So the water is not allowed to be turned on completely. It also can be installed on the left-hand side right there. The left-hander’s that might be a nice thing but here’s where I like it.
The next step is to make sure this faucet doesn’t fall to balance it in the hole. If you’ve got someone to help you great much easier but it definitely can be done alone. The next step here is I unscrew this little plastic thing because the nut does not fit. Because I’ve got those flex connectors on first.
This is a way that I found it is just easier. Be careful not a lose the black rubber gasket inside. I don’t know if you can clearly see it there. There is a black rubber gasket inside there and it will fall out. Once the plastic hose connection is removed what we’re doing well It’s underneath but I show you on top here is put that nut on.
So it kind of slides in between the Flex connectors. A little bit of like a puzzle but pretty easy to do. Once you figure it out. Okay from underneath first let’s grab the black rubber gasket slide it all the way up. Next grab the flat metal washer slide that all the way up.
Making sure neither of these falls down on you and finally, we grab the metal locking nut and we put that in just as I showed you above. Then you tighten that as much as you can only with your hands. After that’s secure you’re going to take your Phillips head screwdriver and you’re going to tighten these nuts equally.
You’re going to start on one side you’re going to screw these two screws in equally. At the same time, you’re going to start screwing one and then go back to the other. Before those two screws are completely tight what I like to do is come up on top here.
And make sure that the faucet is where you like it. It’s completely square it looks good from up top. We don’t have a big angle in any direction. Then we’ll back under and do our final cinching down of those two screws.
Next, let’s take that plastic hose connector that we disconnected with the black o ring and reconnect that. Okay, that simply goes into that hole right there with the course the black rubber gasket first and we can get that thing hand-tighten only in place.
You may or may not have to remove this plastic hose connector. I did just to give myself a little bit more room. All right the next step is to get the weight on so what this weight does is it allows the hose to retract down back to the bottom.
So when you’re sitting up on the top doing dishes you pull your hose out and you’re cleaning stuff it’ll automatically fall back down underneath the kitchen sink. To connect the weight first unscrew the two screws from the way.
Next, we’re going to connect the hose to the push on plastic hose connection fitting. And I like to give it a little bit of a pool to make sure it is definitely snug in place. The next step is the placement of the weight where I like to place the weight is just a couple inches from the very bottom of the hose on the hose pullout side.
In other words away from our plastic hose connection. The reason I don’t like to put it at the very bottom is that it can sometimes bang down on the cabinet below. I like to come up and check it up on top make sure everything’s working right. As you can see this pullout faucet has plenty of room to wash dishes and here’s how the weight operates.
Okay guy we’re almost done with the faucet installation but let me show you something here. There are two different rigid connections coming out from the faucet. So this is the shorter one and here’s the longer one.
These two connections will represent hot and cold. The shorter of the two is going to be the hot side. So if I put the handle all the way back. That would be the hot side the cold side is forward all the way to the front of the sink. So I am going to grab the shorter of the two outlets and I’m going to connect that to the hot side which is my left angle stop here.
But as you can see these Flex connectors like most these days are 3/8 inch. Now, most older angle stops are actually half-inch size but that’s okay I’ve got some brass adapters that are going to reduce the angle stop size from ½ inch 3/8. So we can connect our Flex connectors and this is very simply done.
I’ve got a gasket. We’ll put that gasket right on top of the angle stop and we are going to follow it up by the brass reducer. And we’re going to screw it into place just like we would a flex connector snug those up with an open-ended adjustable wrench.
Now we’ve reduced our angle stop from ½ inch to 3/8 and can accept the Flex connectors from the faucet side. Once that’s secure we could put out Flex connector right on top and we’ll snug with our open-ended adjustable wrench and then I’ll do the same for the cold side.
Next turn on the angle stops and definitely check for leaks underneath in every connection. Don’t forget to check the plastic hose connection also for leaks. Next step I like to remove the head from the faucet. I like to flush it out of my hot water and my cold water. Both to get any debris out of the system.
When you shut off your angle stop often times you’ll get calcium deposits or rust and we don’t want that going into our brand-new faucet. Once the hot and cold sides are both flush let’s test the faucet as you can see. The faucet has two different settings simply by pushing the little button on the head here. All right that’s how to install a single hole kitchen faucet.
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