How to Install a Kitchen Faucet
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Simple step-by-step tutorial on How to Install a Kitchen Faucet. It is a kitchen DIY that anyone can do!
Have you ever done a do-it-yourself remodel of a room in your house? If so, and you’re anything like me, you get to the end and you are completely excited about the results, and also so burned out you never get around to some of the fine details. That’s how I was with my kitchen remodel. With lots of help from my parents and my significant other, I completely gutted my kitchen and turned it into something much more functional (and pretty!) but, after months and months of work, when the cabinets went in, the countertops were installed, and I had a functioning kitchen again, I stood back, admired our work, and then I was done. I lost my motivation to finish some of those last little touches and nothing else happened. That was ok. My kitchen was beautiful and everything worked just fine but one of the things I never got around to doing was picking out the perfect faucet. My countertops came with a faucet and it did the job but it wasn’t exactly what I wanted, and after all of that hard work I wanted the perfect faucet! After living with my kitchen for a while and figuring out what I really wanted I started shopping around. Who knew there were so many kitchen faucet choices!? After a lot of searching I narrowed it down to two Kohler faucets from Lowes, the Cardale and the Elliston.
The Cardale Kitchen Faucet is beautiful with a tall arching neck and lines that give it a look somewhere in between modern and classic. Some of the features I liked most were:
- 2-function spray head with touch control, Sweep(TM) spray, and aerated stream settings. The Sweep Spray (TM) creates a forceful blade of water designed to sweep away stuck-on food from your dishes.
- Temperature memory that allows the faucet to be turned on and off at any temperature setting.
- DockNetik(TM) that ensures a secure spray head fit.
- Kohler Scratch Shield (TM) finishes that resist corrosion and tarnishing, exceeding industry durability standards over two times.
- Left or right handle installation and 360° spout rotation.
The Elliston Kitchen Faucet was a little more modern looking, and sat lower over the sink, but I really liked the handle being on top of the faucet. Some of the features I liked most were:
- Kohler Scratch Shield (TM) finish that resists corrosion and tarnishing, exceeding industry durability standards over two times.
- Sleek, refined design.
- MasterClean(TM) spray face that resists mineral buildup and is a snap to clean.
- High temperature limit stop that allows you to preset a comfortable maximum temperature to eliminate scalding
- Kohler ceramic disk valves crush and remove line debris, and exceed industry longevity standards by over two times, ensuring durable performance for life
In the end I decided on the Kohler Cardale faucet. I love the height, and the big arch at the top. I have a huge island and it just felt like it was more to scale with my kitchen. It is also a happy medium between classic and modern and I would say the same about my style in general so it was just a good fit. As soon as I made my decision I ran out to Lowes to pick it up! I couldn’t wait for my guy to get home from his business trip to install it so I tackled it all on my own and it was really simple. You can see in the picture above, it comes with a metal plate that allows it to be installed in a three hole sink. I have an under mount sink so I didn’t need that but if you have an older sink you are covered. You can also see there are three hoses that come out of it. The black one is for the sprayer, and the silver ones are for the hot and cold water.
You start the installation by sliding the gray plastic ring up over the hoses all the way to the base of the faucet. Then you feed the hoses down through the hole in your counter. Lower your faucet to the countertop and press it down onto the gray ring so it sits flush with the counter. This ring has two screws in it. You’ll need to screw those in so there is about 1/4″ sticking up at the end.
You have two washers, a rubber one, and a metal one. Head under the sink with them and thread all three hoses through them, rubber rings first, then metal, and finally the ring with the screws in it. Slide the washers and the ring all the way up until they are against the bottom of your counter. The ring with the screws in it is threaded so you’ll screw that in until it is pressed tightly to the bottom of the counter. Then position the screws so they are front to back when you are looking straight at the sink and use a Phillips head screwdriver to tighten them. I poked my head up several times to make sure my faucet was straight and everything was coming together like it should.
Once your faucet is firmly in place it is time to connect the water lines. My house was built in 1971 so my pipes are old. To help ensure there would be no leaks when I was done, I added a little plumber’s tape to the threading on the pipes. It is just a thin membrane that makes the seal tighter. Once I had my plumber’s tape in place on the water valve, I attached the line and screwed it partway on with my fingers, then used an adjustable wrench to finish the job. Do this for the hot and cold water lines.
Alright, now for the sprayer. Do you see the copper tube sticking out that doesn’t have a hose attached to it? That is for the sprayer. Before you hook it up put a bucket underneath it and turn the hot and cold water on and let it run for a minute (water is going to come out of the tube for the sprayer). Once you know there are no leaks on the hot and cold lines you can go ahead and get your sprayer hooked up.
Remove the screw from this weight and then place it around the black hose. This weight is what will help pull your sprayer back into the faucet after you use it. When you have it in place put the screw back in place and tighten it.
At the end of the black hose is a quick release attachment. Press the little tab to the side and push it on to the end of the sprayer line, then let go of the tab and it is locked in place. That is the easiest sprayer hose attachment I have seen. I really like the quick release feature!
That’s it! Now turn the water on again and check everything for leaks then climb out from under the counters and admire your new faucet. I love mine! It is so pretty and I love how tall it is. It looks great with my huge sink.
The sprayer feature is pretty darn awesome! How did I live without this thing for so long!
The Kohler Cardale faucet came with a soap dispenser too. I didn’t take pictures of that part of the install but it is super simple. You just drop the pump into the hole in your counter and underneath you screw in a washer and a bottle filled with soap. That’s going to come in mighty handy! I know anything plumbing related can sound intimidating (at least I’m always nervous about it!) but believe me when I say this is one home improvement project that anyone can DIY.
The Kohler Cardale faucet made such a difference in the final look and I’m so proud of myself for installing it all on my own :). There are still a few minor things I need to finish up but for the most part this renovation is done, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!
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