If you're looking to make a relatively inexpensive upgrade to your kitchen, then you might be considering the option of installing a new, more modern faucet. And to save money, you may even consider taking on the installation yourself. While your best bet for getting the job done right the first time is always to call a plumber, the good news is that installing a kitchen faucet is typically a pretty simple DIY job, assuming you have the right tools and avoid making some common mistakes.
Not Using a Template
One of the worst mistakes you can make (and one that'll probably come back to haunt you) is attempting to install a faucet without using the template that came with it. Some people think that they can simply "eye" the space where the new faucet will go and drill any necessary holes without issue, only to find that the faucet is off-center or the holes don't line up properly when all is said and done. Take the extra five seconds to measure the placement of the faucet and to use the template for drilling holes. It'll save you a lot of frustration down the road.
Failure to Take Measurements
Another common mistake people make when installing a new faucet is failure to measure the thickness of the counter on which it's being installed. If you have a thicker kitchen counter, such as a slab of quartz or granite, then you might actually need an extension kit so that the faucet can be properly installed. You should also measure to ensure that the faucet head itself, once installed, will pour water near the center of the sink. Skipping this step could result in a faucet with water that runs too close to the side of the sink, making it difficult to wash hands or dishes.
Forgetting to Seal With Putty
Finally, make sure you've got plenty of plumber's putty on hand when completing a faucet installation project. You'll need to use it around any space where you've drilled a hole (or where a hole has been pre-drilled). Even if the seal appears to be water-tight without the use of plumber's putty, any actual plumber will tell you that you should add some anyway. This way, if a gasket or nut begins to loosen over time, the putty can still do a good enough job of preventing a leak from starting up.
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