Congratulations on your pot filler purchase. You’re about to add a versatile and exciting fixture to your kitchen and bring an entirely new dynamic to food preparation. Pot fillers are slowly making their way out of restaurants and into mainstream kitchens, and for good reason: They’re time- and labor-saving fixtures that make you life easier and spare your back any unnecessary lifting.
Now it’s time to put that new fixture to work.
Before you begin
Like any standard kitchen faucet, this job involves linking the faucet to the water supply line. But, unlike a standard kitchen faucet, the spot you choose to install your pot filler is not at your sink. It’s somewhere close enough to reach the stovetop. As a result, pre-planning prior to purchasing your pot filler is vital. Here are a few things to consider for a wall-mounted pot filler:
Things To Consider for a wall-mounted pot filler:
How high should it be on the wall?
Take the largest pots you have, and put them on the stovetop. This is an accurate way to determine where to install your pot filler. Bear in mind that the pot filler spout will be higher than where it meets the wall.
What’s in the way?
Since the pot filler will swing back and forth from the stovetop to its resting place, be sure this path is clear for the arm and folding elbow.
What’s behind the stovetop?
You want to make sure you install your pot filler into the wall, instead of through a wall and a backsplash made of, say, stainless steel.
What does your contractor/plumber think?
It’s always a good idea to get a second opinion, and one from a credentialed professional will be valuable. They should be able to guide you and answer any individual question you may have.
In short, prepare the dimensions well in advance, so you’re not surprised by anything when it’s time to install the fixture. If installing a wall-mounted pot filler looks like it’s going to be problematic, consider a deck-mounted pot filler instead.
Preparing the site
Most of the labor with this job revolves around linking your water supply line to the installation site. Where the pot filler is installed is an individual decision. Be sure to have a contractor or plumber prepare your water supply lines properly prior to installation.
Once the plumbing lines behind the wall are prepared, you’re ready to install your new pot filler.
Installing the pot filler
- 1. As with any installation, be sure to read the manufacturer-issued instructions thoroughly prior to setting up your pot filler. The following deals with installing a wall-mounted pot filler.
- 2. Temporarily put the pot filler into place on the wall to gauge exactly where you’ll be drilling holes for the screws into the wall. Mark the exact drilling spots with a pen or pencil, and be sure to avoid placing the screws directly onto the water supply line. Remove the pot filler, and drill the holes into the wall.
- 3. Before you screw the pot filler pipe onto the water supply line nipple, be sure to apply Teflon tape or plumbers putty to the water supply line to create a water-tight seal. If you choose to use the Teflon tape, wrap the tape around the nipple threads, pull, and tear. Similarly, plumbers putty will seal any defects in the threads and prevent future leaking. This is one of those easy steps that will ensure the project is done correctly.
- 4. Place the retention ring with any supplied washer(s) onto the wall and fasten the screws so the ring is secure. A special Allen screw may be required to connect the retention ring to the nipple.
- 5. Install the pot filler by threading the fixture onto the nipple, and be sure to include the escutcheon plate. A rubber strap wrench, specifically designed for jobs like this, is highly recommended to tighten the pot filler onto the wall. Avoid using pliers or a wrench to do this. The faucet metal may be soft and sensitive and could be permanently damaged by the teeth of the wrenches.
- 6. Once the pot filler is in place, use a level to ensure the fixture’s arms are not slanted one way or another. Once again, you may be required to tighten an Allen screw to the escutcheon plate to properly secure it.
Congratulations, you’ve successfully installed your new pot filler. Enjoy the luxury of being able to fulfill all of your water-to-cooking needs with little-to-no lifting. Happy cooking!