3 out of 5ModerateRequires basic plumbing skills and working in cramped quarters
$100 to $200 on average for a good quality kitchen faucet
45 to 90 minutes
- Turn off water and remove the garbage disposer, if necessary.
- Cut old copper water supply lines using a close-quarter hacksaw; catch any water dripping out in a bucket.
- Use a basin wrench to loosen the nuts holding the old faucet in place; remove old faucet.
- Apply a bead of plumber’s putty under the mounting flange of the new faucet.
- Set faucet’s mounting flange on the sink deck, then tighten the two nuts from below with a basin wrench or wrench that comes with the faucet.
- Use a propane torch to unsolder the old shut-off valves from the hot- and cold-water copper pipes (risers).
- Buff clean the ends of the risers with emery cloth to remove old solder and grime.
- Install the new shut-off valves onto the ends of the risers; tighten the compression fittings with two open-end wrenches.
- Place the faucet on the mounting flange, then from below install the mounting plate and tighten the brass nut with the special wrench provided.
- Connect the spray hose to the underside of the faucet by snapping on the spring clip.
- Use a screwdriver to tighten the weight onto the spray hose.
- Using a bending spring, bend the rigid lav supply line to reach from the valve to the underside of the faucet.
- Use two open-end wrenches to tighten the nuts that connect each supply line to the shut-off valves and faucet.
- Turn water back on, test for leaks.