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How to Remove a Kitchen Faucet

Removing a kitchen faucet is no small task. There are plenty of small parts to manage, and if not handled carefully, could damage your sink. But with the right tools and patience, the task becomes much less daunting.

First, shut off the water supply from underneath your sink or at its main water line if hard-wired. Next, turn off any electricity near the fixture and remove everything underneath so you can access its plumbing.

Next, use a basin wrench or adjustable wrench to loosen the mounting nuts that secure the faucet to the sink, located high up under and behind the basins. These nuts may be rusted or greasy so spray them with penetrating oil before trying to unscrew them.

Once the nuts are loose, you can lift the faucet up and out of its holes in your sink. Be sure to clean up any caulking or putty that remains on the surface before reinstalling your new faucet.

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Once the faucet is free, you can disconnect its hot and cold water lines that attach to its base. To do this, you’ll need a pair of Channellock pliers as well as an open-set socket wrench large enough for all three hoses. After disconnecting these hoses, drain any excess water into a pail or bucket for later.

Now, with pliers or wrench, you can gently twist away the nuts that secure the faucet to the base of the sink with a firm counterclockwise twist. If they remain stuck, try soaking them in penetrating oil for several minutes before trying again.

If the nuts on your sink are stubborn, you’ll have to do this manually. While it may be challenging due to its narrow space and dark interior, with practice you can make it a success.

Depending on the type of faucet, you’ll also need to remove the U-shaped bracket that holds it in place. This may be a difficult task but should be doable with just your hands.

Unfortunately, these brackets may not always be strong enough. If they’re weak, you might need to use a hacksaw to cut them away.

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In some cases, you can remove the U-shaped bracket by using a plumber’s putty knife to work the metal out of its socket. While this may take some effort and muscle power, it will be worth it in order to take out your old faucet and install your new one.

Once the U-shaped bracket has been taken off, it’s time to take out your old faucet from its sink. If your tap features just one handle, make sure that all parts of it – including its handle – have been taken off before proceeding with further removal.

Once your faucet is taken out of the sink, you can inspect its parts for fitment and any leaks. Also make sure that all connections under the sink and at the base are securely seated – especially if your faucet has a sprayer attachment.

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