Saturday, October 31, 2009

Faucet Installation Instructions

So, you’ve selected or purchased the perfect new faucet for your home. You are now wondering whether to have a professional install it or whether you think you are capabable of installing it yourself.

It's easy if you follow the general instructions and have the proper installation tools.

If you’re ready and eager to install your own faucet, we offer these helpful hints from our Featured Partner Delta Faucet. If you have not done this before, we suggest that you read the general installation tips below. For instructions on installing your specific faucet, please follow the Maintenance and Installation instructions that were provided with your faucet.

If you are not comfortable installing your own faucet purchased online, you may want to rely upon the services of a professional plumber? The best deals on Faucets are from top online authorized dealers like who offer top brands like Delta Faucets. They offer Free Same Day Shipping*, Largest Selection, Lowest Prices and Excellent Customer Service. For expert faucet installation once your faucet arrives, you should contact a licensed professional plumbing contractor in your area.

These faucet installation instructions are general instructions for both Kitchen Faucets and Bathroom Faucets.


  • Begin installing your faucet by placing the gasket and faucet in position on the sink. (Diagram A)
  • From under the sink, thread the plastic mounting nuts onto the faucet shanks. Be sure the large side of each plastic mounting nut is up. (Diagram B)
  • From the top of the sink, check the faucet and gasket position. (Diagram C)
  • From under the sink tighten the mounting nuts, making certain not to over-tighten which could damage the nuts and make them difficult to remove in the future. (Diagram D)


  • Water is typically supplied to the faucet through water-supply tubes.
  • Wrap the threads of the water-supply valve with Teflon tape. Although most plumbers use only Teflon tape, some plumbing supply manufacturers also recommend using plumber’s putty. (Diagram A)
  • Thread the water supply nut onto the shut-off valve. Tighten the nut with a wrench. (Diagram B)
  • Wrap the threads on the faucet shank with Teflon tape, and then thread the water supply nut onto the faucet shank. (Diagram C)
  • Tighten the nut with a basin wrench. (Diagram D)


  • From the top of the sink, insert the lift-rod into the faucet. (Diagram A)
  • From under the sink, make sure the pivot-rod is in the down position. Insert the lift-rod into the lift-rod strap. Tighten the screw.
  • From the top of the sink, make sure the lift-rod opens and closes the drain plug as desired. (Diagram B)
  • Make any needed adjustments by loosening the lift-rod strap screw and repositioning the lift-rod.
  • If you need to connect the lift-rod strap to the pivot rod, slide one end of the spring clip onto the pivot-rod.
  • Make sure that both the pivot -rod and the lift-rod are in the down posittion. Insert the pivot-rod in the closest hole in the lift-rod strap.
  • Slide the other end of the pivot-rod. Make sure the lift-rod opens and closes the drain plug as desired.
  • Make minor adjustments by loosening the lift-rod strap screw and repositioning the lift-rod. (Diagram C)
  • Make major adjustments by removing the spring clip and moving the pivot-rod to a different hole in the lift-rod strap.


  • Anytime you work on plumbing, filings, chips, and other debris can fall into the plumbing pipes.
  • This debris can damage the sealing surfaces inside the faucet and cause leaks.
  • Remove aerator and black sealing gasket above it.
  • Before turning on the water supply, make sure the faucet handles are open (on position) in order to remove the debris without causing damage. (Diagram A)
  • Open both water supply valves under the sink. (Diagram B)
  • Allow the water to run for 15 seconds. (Diagram C)
  • Close the faucet handles (turn off).
  • Make sure any debris is cleaned from the aerator screen. (Diagram D)
  • Replace the aerator. (Diagram E)


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