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How to remove a kitchen faucet

You don’t have to worry if you’ve never taken down a kitchen faucet. Although the cabinets are dark and difficult to reach, this task is easily accomplished by a DIYer. You only need a little bit of knowledge and the right tools.

All You Need to Know About Kitchen Faucet Parts

To remove a kitchen faucet, you will need the following tools

It’s not as difficult as you might think. These steps will help you navigate the process. Your safety glasses will protect your eyes from any buildup and debris, while your headlamp allows you to see under the cabinet.

Step 1: Spray the oil with penetration

High humidity levels in a cabinet and sweaty pipes can make things stick. You’ll need to wear safety glasses and spray penetrating oils in the following areas.

* Both ends of the supply line (at the shutoff valves or at the faucet)

* Both ends of sprayer hose

* The large nuts that hold the faucet to the sink

Step 2: Turn off the water

You must shut off the water supply before you can take out a kitchen faucet. Turn on the water supply to the faucet. Make sure both hot and cold water is running. Turn the valve clockwise from the bottom of the cabinet until it is closed. It will stop water from running for a few seconds after the valve is closed. If your system has more than one shut-off valve, you will need to turn them all off. If you have a shut-off valve and water is still running, shut it off.

Step 3: Disconnect supply lines

To remove the faucet, disconnect it from the water shutoff valves. These hoses will need to be replaced unless they are very old. Use your 6-inch adjustable wrench to turn the brass nuts counterclockwise.

It’s a good idea, especially if the pipes or shut-off valves are old, to support them with your hand or a pair tongue-and groove pliers. This will stop you from putting too much torque on fragile pipes. If braided hoses are twisted and prevent you from removing brass nuts, the pliers can be used to grip the hose while the wrench twists the nut.

It doesn’t take much to disconnect the supply line from the faucet to get rid of it. However, it can be a time-saver. It’s the same procedure, except that you may need to use a basin wrench to reach the brass nuts under the sink.

Step 4: Disconnect your sprayer

You will need to disconnect the spray attachment from your kitchen faucet. Most hoses have quick-connect fittings, which snap onto the fitting underneath the faucet. Just pull the fitting off the faucet by pinching it.

Step 5: Remove kitchen faucet mounting nuts

Once you have the supply lines and sprayer hose out of your way, the mounting nuts for the faucet will be easy to reach. These nuts are usually made of plastic. You can remove them by turning the knob counterclockwise. To loosen them, wrap the basin wrench around it and turn it counterclockwise.

This process can be repeated for the sprayer attachment. You can grip the base with your free hand if it continues to spin. However, you may need to use your tongue-and groove pliers to keep it in place.

Step 6: Pull the faucet and sprayer upwards and out

You can now remove the mounting hardware. It might feel a bit stuck if it has been there for a while, but you can easily remove it with a little effort. A plastic base will likely be left behind. You’ll likely also notice a plastic base underneath your faucet. It’s unique to that model so it’s important to keep it in case you want to reuse it.

Step 7: Discard any residue from the kitchen faucet

You will find gunk and goo after repeated use. The majority of buildup can be removed with a simple wipe, but you may need to use vinegar on a rag to remove more stubborn buildup. For hard water stains, soak a rag in vinegar for 10 minutes and then wipe it off. Continue this process until the stain disappears.

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