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How to Remove your Old Kitchen Sink Faucet

Written by; Fraser Boone / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Sat Oct 17 2009


Sometimes all it takes to really update your kitchen is to replace your old faucet with a new one. When you go to your home improvement store or hardware store, you'll see a huge variety of new kitchen sink faucets in beautiful designs, and most of them say that they install in minutes. Well, that much is true. You can put in a new kitchen sink faucet in minutes. But getting the old one out can take a lot longer.

Here's how to make that task go as quickly as possible.

In a nutshell, getting your old faucet out requires disconnecting both water supply lines, unscrewing the nuts that hold the faucet in place, and lifting the old faucet assembly out. You are most likely to have trouble unscrewing the nuts holding the faucet in place. Here are the specific steps you should take.

First, make sure you have the proper tools and equipment:

An adjustable wrench
A bucket
A rag
Some towels
A basin wrench
Penetrating oil
Plastic putty knife.

Preparatory Steps: Clean out the cabinet underneath the sink. If you have a vacuum handy, go ahead and vacuum it to get out stray dirt and cobwebs. Use an old rag to block off the drain opening. Make sure you have a bucket handy just in case. Place a couple of folded towels on the edge of the under sink cabinet. This will make the job easier on your back.

Step 1. Turn off the water shut off valves under the sink, or at the main. Remember "lefty-loosey, righty-tighty."

Step 2. Use an adjustable wrench to disconnect both water supply lines.

Step 3. Spray some penetrating oil on the mounting nuts. Give it 15 minutes to penetrate. Then loosen the nuts with your basin wrench. This is the part where you have to put some muscle into it. Good luck.

Step 4. Lift the faucet straight up. It probably will not glide smoothly up out of its housing. You can use the edge of your plastic putty knife to work it loose. A plastic putty knife makes it less likely you'll scratch the sink.

Step 5. Continue using your putty knife to get off excess putty or caulk.

Now you can install that gleaming new faucet in minutes following the instructions that come with it.


Copyright: 2009

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