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How to Remove and Replace a Kitchen Faucet

Learn how to remove and replace a kitchen faucet with these simple step-by-step instructions.

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  • Time

    2 hours

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Disconnect the Supply Lines

Shut off the water. Remove the old faucet supply lines (Image 1), which will expose the holes in the sink.

Tip: Keep a bucket and rag close by to clean up water left in the lines.

Use a pair of snips or scissors to cut the old plastic sprayer line from the faucet.

Use a basin wrench to loosen up both the hot and cold water supply lines (Image 2). Unscrew the lines from the faucet. Have a bucket handy to catch the water.

Step 2: Remove the Faucet

Unscrew and remove the bolts that held the old faucet into place. If the faucet has a separate sprayer attachment, unscrew and remove the plastic nut.

Remove the sprayer and faucet body from the sink.

remove sprayer and faucet body from sink

Step 3: Replace the Faucet

Remove the soap container and locking nut from the soap dispenser. Apply plumber's putty around the bottom edges, and then insert it into the farthest hole from the center.

Apply a generous amount of plumber's putty to the underside of the escutcheon cover, and then firmly place it over the three center holes on the sink.

Fit the faucet through the hole in the escutcheon cover, and then position the faucet so the handles face in the proper direction -- usually to the user's right.

replacing the faucet

Step 4: Position the Supply Lines

Partially thread two screws into the threaded ring until they protrude from the backside of the threaded ring.

Slide the fiber washer, metal washer and ring over the supply lines. Screw them onto the threaded shank until the ring is about 1/4 inch away from the sink bottom and the screws are to the front and back. Tighten everything down.

Thread the plastic locking nut onto the shank of the soap dispenser, and then use the basin wrench to tighten it down. Screw the soap container over the shank, ensuring that it's tight.

Slide the weight onto the spray hose, and then connect the two ends making sure they are locked into place.

Position the hot and cold supply lines so they will not interfere with the other hoses, and then connect them to the existing supply lines and tighten.

Step 5: Finish Installation

Turn on the hot and cold supply lines, and then the faucet. Check for leaks.

Remove any excess putty from around the escutcheons.

Add soap to the dispenser, and then secure the pump onto the top.

remove any excess putty from around escutcheon