How to Install a Kitchen Faucet

Written by: Milan Rosan

Diy Specialist
Keep your kitchen up-to-date and make your life easier when your cooking with my easy step by step instructions for installing a kitchen faucet.

  • Tools/Materials
    • Adjustable wrench
    • Plumber's putty
    • Teflon tape

Fortunately, installing a kitchen faucet is now a DIY project, thanks to manufacturers simplifying the process. Pretty much everything required for the install comes with the kitchen faucet. Occasionally, a kitchen faucet will require a special tightening tool, and that’s something the manufacturer will provide.

Note: These are general instructions and the actual instructions may vary slightly across manufacturers. Always refer to the installation instructions issues by the manufacturer.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Put the spout together. The spout will likely require a few items to be placed in the base, so be sure to follow the instructions and do it in the order they specify. Examples of some of the items include O-ring, gasket, metal washer, spacer, mounting bracket, and nuts.

Step 2
If you’re installing a single-hole faucet, insert the spout base and water line through the hole in the sink.

If your kitchen faucet includes an escutcheon plate, apply some plumber’s putty beneath the edges of the plate, align the hole(s), and press gently into place. Wipe away any excess plumber’s putty.

Step 3

Hook up the supply lines. Make sure the hot water goes on the left and the cold water goes on the right. Tighten the lines with a wrench.

Step 4

Finish any attachments under the counter that may be specific to your kitchen faucet.

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