Kitchen faucets are perhaps the most used items in an entire house.
From washing to cooking, these water-providing workhorses get put to use countless times a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year.
As a result of such constant use and doubtless abuse, the time will come when your faucet needs to be replaced.
While this task may seem the type of thing best left to a plumber, realize that it is a far easier project than the cost of the professional might lead you to believe.
This article will provide six easy to follow steps that will enable you to tackle this task without having to spend the money on a professional.
Step 1: Shut off the water supply
The first rule, whenever performing ANY plumbing task, is to ALWAYS shut of the water.
Failure to follow this step will give you the perfect opportunity to deep clean your kitchen.
The shutoff valves will be located under the sink.
Since these should be turned fully on, then there will only be one direction for them to turn- clockwise. Be sure that both valves are turned tightly.
A good rule is to turn on the faucet to make sure there is no water flow.
Finally, disconnect the supply lines from the shutoff valves using an adjustable wrench.
Step 2: Remove existing faucet
Unscrew the coupling nuts that connect the water lines to the faucet using a basin wrench.
Next, unscrew the nuts securing the faucet to the sink.
Remove the old faucet, disconnecting the spray hose with an adjustable wrench.
After the faucet and spray hose are removed, thoroughly clean the area using a scouring pad.
Step 3: Install new faucet
Place your new Delta faucet and spray hose in their appropriate positions.
Connect the spray hose to the faucet, using an adjustable wrench to ensure that the connections are tight.
Be careful not to over tighten, as this could cause the connection to strip or crack.
Follow the Delta manual’s instructions on securing the faucet to the sink.
This process should be very similar to how you disconnected the previous faucet, although in reverse.
Step 4: Connect water lines
Attach the water lines to the new kitchen faucet, following the instructions in the Delta manual.
Again, this process should mirror the process of removing the lines from the old faucet, only in reverse.
Always be sure to use an adjustable wrench to tighten all connections, being careful not to over tighten for fear of stripping or damaging the connection points.
Using two wrenches will enable you to maintain a secure hold on one end while tightening the other.
Step 5: Make sure all connections are secure
After every piece is in place, and every line has been connected, take a moment to inspect each connection point by hand.
Make sure that every mounting bolt is still tight, and that none have come loose due to motion.
Additionally, make sure that the water lines are still secure, including the connection between the spray hose and the faucet.
Step 6: Turn on water supply
Turn the shutoff valves under the sink back on, in a counter clockwise motion.
Be sure to turn the valves on all the way, as they are designed to be either fully on or fully off.
Any setting in between may result in poor water flow or even potential damage to the valves.
Finally, turn on your faucet and test its performance.
Once you have finished installation, be sure to be on the lookout for any small drips or wet spots that might indicate further tightening of a connection point is required.
Once you are certain that all is well, clean up the area and call it a day.
With the steps listed in this article, and the instructions in the Delta manual, you have all the knowledge you need to tackle this task with confidence.