Installing A New Kitchen Faucet

Things to keep in mind:

  • Pipe thread tape is a must, no matter what the instructions say.
  • Flexible tubing is great. The instructions suck.
  • The instructions lie.


$42 faucet
$13 tubing (flexible, flood-safe)
$20 basin wrench (useable on other projects)
$2 pipe thread tape
$5 plumber’s putty
$82 Total

Other tools:

  • Flashlights
  • Eye protection
  • 2 adjustable wrenches
  • Channel lock/Robogrip pliers
  • Masking tape
  • 8 bath towels – 2 to keep from soaking the exposed wood under the sink, 4 to cushion your back, 2 as spares
  • 1 bucket
  • 2 medium containers to catch water

Time: 1.5 hours
Skill Level: Low
Physical Requirements: Ability to contort one’s upper body to fit through under sink designed by a sadist and still get leverage on brass/copper/plastic fittings. Caution and the ability to apply steady pressure at awkward angles is a must.
Injuries: Bruises on head from falling metal parts or collision with hard immovable objects; skinned knuckles due to tight quarters.

Important Notes:

  1. Take Your Time! If you break the shutoff valves or pipes, you’re in trouble.
  2. Eye Protection Is A Must! You’re going to be on your back, looking up. Parts will break, slip, or otherwise fall on you. Don’t be the one to tell us what the corner of a brass ring nut impacting your eyeball feels like.
  3. Know where the main water shutoff valve is – just in case.
  4. Shut off the hot water at the water heater. There’s nothing like 1st or 2nd degree burns to really make your day shine.
  5. Use the extra towels as padding.
  6. Wrap a strip of masking tape around each jaw of your pliers – it’ll help keep you from scarring the crome and creating a point for corrosion to start.
  7. A pair of work gloves may be helpful. My hands are too large to have the work gloves on and still function in tight quarters.

Estimated Cost of Having a Plumber Do It (prices quoted from several in the area):
$42 faucet
$75 for the time/service
$13 for the tubing

I chose a weekday evening (Tuesday) to do it on so that, if I broke anything beyond my ability to fix, I could call a professional.

Verified at the state government permit site that I wouldn’t need a permit.

Updated the House Manual.

Related Web Sites:
Ask The Builder
Natural Handyman
Reader’s Digest – Replacing a Kitchen Faucet
Lowe’s – How To Repair a Faucet
About.Com – How To Install A Kitchen Faucet

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