How To Remove Kitchen Faucet
Kitchen faucets can be one of the most expensive kitchen accessories. When you find one that doesn’t fit correctly or is broken, replacing it costs a lot of money. If you’re going to replace your kitchen faucet, you’ll want to know how to remove it safely and efficiently. Here are some valuable tips on how to remove kitchen faucet replacement parts.
The first step to take is to unplug the main water supply to your house. Then, you’ll want to remove the hot water lines from your home as well as any piping connections associated with it. Once all of these items are removed from your kitchen faucet, you will next want to locate the water pump pliers. The removal process isn’t too tricky and typically, it can be done without any problem. Still, some homeowners feel that they can’t remove a faucet by themselves without the use of proper tools.
Many people are surprised when they realize how many nuts and screws are in a typical kitchen faucet. Before you begin removing them, you should make sure that they aren’t damaged or stripped. Then, it is time to remove all of the nuts and bolts associated with the faucet, including the nuts on the spout assembly. You will need an adjustable wrench set, including the standard wrench and ratchet type, as well as one with a pair of special locks. Ratcheting provides better leverage and allows you to tighten or loosen the nuts and bolts tightly.
The next thing that you need to do is take out the old kitchen faucet head. Start by removing the two screws that hold the basket assembly in place under the spout. Next, unbolt the two nuts holding the gasket to the underside of the basin wrench head. Remove the gasket and plastic washer from the underside of the old faucet head. Be careful to keep the socket assembly away from the screws and washers.
White vinegar is probably the most dangerous substance to be used while removing a kitchen faucet – don’t even try it. Begin by pouring one tablespoon of white vinegar into a spray bottle and pouring this into the fixture. Next, turn off the faucets and turn on a hot water pressure canner. Once this is complete, pour the remaining white vinegar into the basin.
The last step is to remove the faucets and unscrew the kitchen sink plumbing pipes. Start by unbolting the kitchen sink pipe from the hot water line and unscrewing the nut securing the basket to the hot water line. Now, unbolt the pipe from the hot water line and remove it from the wall. Now, using the appropriately sized pliers, pull the plumber’s tapered head off the pipe.
The last step is to remove the nuts and bolts securing the water lines to the wall. Take off both the water lines and nuts and remove the faucet from the wall. Put all the pieces back together, reassemble them and reinstall the nuts and bolts. Replace the stopper, fill the sink with clean water and turn the water on. Check for leaks, any damage and follow all recommendations by the manufacturer.
To completely replace the kitchen faucet, apply one part white vinegar to one part distilled water and pour over the spout to act as a neutralizer, and thoroughly clean the faucet until there are no more visible mineral deposits. Fill the sink with clean water and run some vinegar through the faucets to ensure it is spotless. Then, run distilled water through the fixture and give a couple of minutes to sit. Finally, replace the stopper and turn the water back on, running hot water through the faucets again to finish the job.