How to Install a New Faucet

new faucetInstalling a new faucet can be a daunting task if you’ve never done it before, but it’s actually not as hard as it seems. Ritter is here to help get you through the process with this step by step guide!

1. Turn Off the Water Supply

Start by turning off the water supply. Most of the time you’ll find the valves under the sink. Once they’re off, open the faucet to drain any water left in the pipes.

2. Disconnect Everything

  • Disconnect the water supply lines from the old faucet.
  • Disconnect the lift rod from the old faucet.
  • Remove the nuts from underneath and take out the old faucet.
  • If your new faucet comes with a matching drain plug, remove your old drain plug.
  • Set a bucket underneath to catch water and remove the P-trap.
  • Disconnect the drain from the sink.

3. Mount the New Faucet

Sinks generally have one, two, or three faucet mounting holes and are either center-set or widespread. Make sure your faucet fits your sink.

Slide the gasket onto the new faucet and insert the faucet through the sink’s mounting holes. Then, tighten the nuts.

4. Install the Handles

Faucet handles are usually unique per sink, so just follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install them.

5. Install the New Drain

Take the drain body and screw the nut down as far as it will go. Then, slide the gasket onto the drain body over the nut.

Apply a little bit of silicone under the flange. Hold the drain body in place under the sink, with the pivot facing the back, and screw the flange on. Tighten the nut and gasket with a wrench.

6. Install the Drain Rod

Unscrew the pivot nut, then insert the horizontal drain rod through the hole in the stopper, and tighten the nut.

Slide on the strap and clip, then insert the lift rod through the faucet into the strap. Push the horizontal rod down, and secure the lift rod to the strap with the screw.

7. Connect the Water Supply Lines

Connect the supply lines to the faucet, then connect the supply lines to the water valves.

You’re All Done!

That’s all there is to it! Turn the faucet on to test if it works. Check and see if there are any leaks. If you want, flush the new faucet out by removing the aerator and running hot and cold water for one minute. Re-apply the aerator and mission complete.

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