I went to a Ladies’ Night Out at my local lumber store and was SO disappointed. When I saw the advertisement, I was really excited to get to try out some new tools, learn some new tricks, and walk away with some new knowledge!
Instead, it was a glorified shopping event. Hundreds of women buying Christmas decorations at 40% off (not that I’m against a great deal!), vendors with giveaways for things like fancy coffeemakers, and drinks for all.
Not my scene. But they did have sales throughout the store, including on their faucets. And since I could stand for a new kitchen faucet, I took advantage of the 20% off sale and bought a new one.
Back under the sink I go!
My old faucet was old, and ugly, and hardwater stained. Still worked great, but wasn’t pretty. And now I sound shallow. But seriously, it was also really low and getting a pot full of water when the sink is (inevitably) full of dirty dishes required a special balancing act.
So, I bought this beauty. It sat on the counter for a few days taunting me until I found the time to install it. Installation was a breeze! Removing the old one was a huge pain. Good thing I took photos to document the torture!
Step one: Turn off the water. VERY important step. Don’t forget this. Age old “righty tighty, lefty loosey.” Got that done? Good.
Step two: Disconnect the water hoses from the valves. Use this wrench. It’s called an adjustable wrench and you won’t end up stripping the nut like might happen if you used pliers. You turn that spirally looking thing with your thumb to make the wrench opening bigger or smaller. “Righty tighty, lefty loosey” here, too.
Step three: Peer into the great, narrow abyss that is the space between the wall and the sink to figure out how this whole thing attaches. Way up at the top, there are some white nuts that threaded onto large plastic pieces that stuck through the holes in the sink. Those were easy. The special extension hoses that are attached to the original copper tubing were a whole other story. I couldn’t get the junction part through the hole in the sink, so….
I cut the copper with some wire snips. Because I was frustrated. And when frustration wins, things get destroyed. Not much else to say about that.
Finally! Now for the fun part!
Here’s my best advice on installing anything, really. READ THE DIRECTIONS! I was so excited to get the new faucet in that I forgot to take step by steps of this, but it was crazy easy. The faucet comes preassembled, so it’s just a matter of feeding the hoses through the hole, attaching the hoses in the exact opposite way you dettached the original hoses, including, and very importantly, using a wrench, and then feeding the nut onto the threaded part of the faucet that goes under the sink. If you have a sprayer, there’s one more quick and easy step of attaching the hose and threading a nut on, but the simpleness of the whole process is astounding.
See how pretty and tall it is? See how much nicer it is than the old one? See how pretty it is even in it’s natural habitat?
And in case you think I’m a big fraud, here’s a fabulous photo of me under the sink trying not to cuss out the stupid hose extensions I couldn’t get off.
A couple of notes. When I got the old faucet off, I had a hardwater buildup ring around where the old base was. I just used a paring knife (because it was within arms reach) to scrape it off, then a little scouring cleanser to polish it up. Also, you need a bucket here, too, to catch the water from the hoses. Finally, I’m initially attracted to all things shiny, so I was really leaning toward the chrome finish, but the reality of my life is water spots, so I went with brushed nickel. Much better.
So much better.