Bob Vila Radio: Replacing Faucets

If you’re looking for a quick and inexpensive way to give your kitchen a pick-me-up, replacing the sink faucet might be all you need.

Leaky Faucet

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Listen to BOB VILA ON REPLACING FAUCETS, or read the text below:

It’s not usually a tough project. New faucets come with their own installation instructions and sometimes with a special tool that makes tightening that hard-to-reach faucet nut even easier, but you may still need a basin wrench to access the faucet bolts underneath the sink since the space is usually pretty tight. Be sure you choose a new faucet assembly with enough fittings or a wide enough flange to cover all the holes in your sink.

Before you take apart anything under the sink, it’s a good idea to sketch or take a photo of the area so you know how everything should go back together. And a plywood platform the height of your cabinet base will help save your back.

Shut off the water to the sink, drain the faucet and disconnect the supply lines. Then, loosen the old faucet with the basin wrench and disconnect the spray hose. Follow the installation instructions from there, but remember it’s a good idea to do faucet replacements while the store is open, since you may have to make a couple of trips before you’re done.

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