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Best of Both Worlds (3 of 3): Installing the Faucet

Host Paul Ryan makes installing a new faucet easy with these step-by-step instructions.

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installing a new faucet
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate

Highlights:

Step 1: Apply Tape

Three holes have to be cut -- one for the sprayer, one for the valve and one for the faucet. Lay tape down to protect the surface when you drill and then find the center of the area and mark it.

Step 2: Measure, Then Mark the Tape

Determine the outside edges of the area by using the base of the sprayer as a template (Image 1). Find the center between the outside edges. Measure the base of the faucet (Image 2). Take half of that measurement, mark the tape and do the same for each hole.

Step 3: Cut the Holes

Take the tip of the hole saw and line it up with the center of the mark and start nice and easy. Don't push too hard. Let the drill do the work. Tip: A 1-1/4" hole saw was used to accommodate the supply line on the faucet.

cut holes with hole saw

Step 4: Secure the Fixtures

Clean everything up and you are ready for the installation. Secure the fixtures to the counter with the washer and nut supplied with the faucet.

secure fixtures to counter

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