How to Replace a Kitchen Faucet

Your kitchen faucet is probably one of the most-used fixtures in your home. If your faucet has seen better days, or if it’s out of style, watch this video to learn how to replace it yourself. It’s not that hard, and it can transform the look of your kitchen in just a couple of hours.


  1. Turn off the hot and cold water shut-off valves. These are usually located in the cabinet directly under the sink.
  2. Open up the faucet to relieve the pressure.
  3. Use an adjustable wrench and a pair of channel locking pliers to disconnect both of water lines from the faucet. If supply lines are old and gaskets worn out, consider replacing them with flexible supply lines.
  4. Use a basin wrench or a socket wrench to remove the nut holding the faucet tailpiece assembly in place.
  5. Disconnect the line that connects the hose to the faucet, if your sink has one.
  6. Pull the old faucet out and clean the surface of the sink.
  7. Measure the distance, center to center, of the outside holes of your sink to make sure the new faucet will fit. Read any instructions that come with your new faucet.
  8. Seal the new faucet: if using a gasket, put the gasket on the lip of the plate and thread the hoses through. If using plumber’s putty, apply around the base of the faucet and set it in place.
  9. Underneath the sink, thread on the flange and nut with a basin or socket wrench.
  10. For pull-out faucets, add a weight that will retract the pull-out spray.
  11. Attach supply lines to the faucet and then to the shut-off valves. Hot water connects on the left, cold on the right.
  12. Turn on the water. If you find any leaks, tighten connections on the water supply line.

Originally posted 2019-06-27 08:42:22.

Updated: August 2, 2019 — 10:07 am

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