Last week we talked about simple, quick and inexpensive things you can do to upgrade your kitchen. One of the things we suggested was to replace your kitchen faucet. It really can be fairly easy to do. Here are the steps you need to follow for that simple and quick replacement.
The easiest replacement is one that will fit right into the same holes that are already cut into your sink or counter. Take a photo and some measurements with you when you shop for a new faucet. Take a look under the sink, inside the cabinet, to see what type of hook-ups you have, to see if they might need to be replaced too. If you have older, rigid copper pipes, you might consider replacing these with flexible supply lines.
When you shop for a replacement, you also need to consider style. You may want the latest style, but it needs to fit in with what you already have.
Turn off the water supply to your sink at the cutoffs inside the cabinet. Then turn the water off at the faucet to allow any water in this line out.
Unhook the water supply lines from the old faucet.
Loosen the nuts holding your existing faucet in place. Some connections will be on top of the sink, but other faucets will be connected on the underside of the sink. Special tools for removing any nuts underneath the sink may be required. A basin wrench will allow you to loosen the nut at this odd angle, unlike a standard wrench. As an alternative, you might be able to use a ratchet wrench with an extension on it.
Make sure to clean away any old caulk left behind on the sink or countertop.
Apply new caulk or plumber’s putty to the underside of the new faucet base. If your new faucet comes with a rubber gasket for this purpose, you won’t need to putty. Put the new faucet into place as straight as you can and then start tightening the mounting nuts. Before you are done, restraighten the faucet and then finish tightening the nuts.
Hook up your supply lines and turn the water back on. After you are sure there are no leaks, test your new faucet.
You’re going to love the look of your new faucet, because it’s new and because you installed it yourself!
Q: I have what appears to be peel-and-stick vinyl wallpaper in one of my bathrooms. Please tell me how to get it off the wall so I can paint. I have tried just pulling it down, but it isn’t coming off easily and is leaving behind a sticky adhesive. What will get the paper and adhesive off the wall? – C.R.
A: Unfortunately, it’s not going to be easy. Heat will help, so try using a hair dryer to loosen the adhesive. Heat and pull, then repeat … a lot. Once you get all of the vinyl off the walls, use adhesive remover to get the rest of it off.
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