What do DIY projects have to do with health and fitness?
For me, the feeling I get after completing a project in my home is just like the one I get after a good workout. I just feel so accomplished, especially when it’s a first-time-project like installing flooring, or an exceptionally challenging workout like Shaun T’s Asylum. Of course, there is also the awesome savings of NOT having to hire a plumber. Really, if you can change a light bulb, you too can do this!
How To Change Your Own Kitchen Faucet:
I have been meaning to do this for a long time, since the old faucet leaked and had extremely low pressure, not to mention it was a bit ugly and the sprayer was broken. Nothing like a shiny new faucet! Now, If I could only figure out how to get it off and how to install the new one!
Knowing absolutely nothing about the faucet changing business, I briefly checked YouTube for a quick lesson. I took a “before” picture with my iPhone and headed out to see what I could find at the home store.
Tip: You would be wise to check whether your existing faucet has 1-4 holes BEFORE you head to the store. Many standard faucets will fit multiple configurations, but as you shop around, the selection can be overwhelming, so check to be sure, and save yourself unnecessary trips.
Believe it or not, you don’t have to have a slew of plumbing supplies (whatever those may be) to change a faucet. Here’s what I used:
- My new faucet kit (pick one up at any big box home store, with the correct number of holes, of course). Delta and Moen were the brands recommended to me (choosing was the hardest part!)
- Plumbers’ putty (your kit may not require this)
- Bucket to catch water
- Towel to lay out under sink
- Basin wrench (I did NOT know what this was before this project)
- Locate the shut off valve & turn off the water source.
- Once the water is off, turn the faucet handle to “on”, to let any residual water run out.
- Disconnect supply lines for the hot & cold water (have a bucket/towel under the sink ready to catch the water as you do this)
- Remove the old faucet and follow manufacturer’s directions to install the new one (confession: after looking at the directions, I briefly considered abandoning ship, but decided to stick with it and pressed on). From the top, insert the hot and cold handles, soap dispenser, etc. into the corresponding holes.
Look what I found! It was REALLY dirty under there. Perfect time for a little TLC! If yours looks like mine did, you’ll want to spruce it up while you have the chance.
- Tighten the nuts under the sink by hand, then with the wrench. Don’t over tighten. It’s really helpful to have someone come and hold the faucet in place from the top while you are under the sink trying to screw it in.
- If you did everything right, you should have no leaks! Go ahead, I dare you. Turn on the water. Tip: Turn on the water for a few seconds to flush any debris through the lines before attaching the aerator. And that’s IT!
Ok, so I’m pretty sure you did great, even if it was your first time, too! Just like a newbie starting a brand new workout program, I promise, if you attempt this as a first-timer, you will see what I mean about that awesome feeling of accomplishment! I don’t know why I let this project intimidate me for so long. I only wish I had done it sooner so I could enjoy the results.
Now, off to my workout!