You may feel bored with your current kitchen and want to change some parts to give a different ambience. One of the cheapest way to upgrade your kitchen is by replacing the faucet. However, many people reconsider this decision because they think to replace the taps, they need a plumber, which can cost more than what they expect. In addition to the shipping cost and the cost for the tap itself, you may indeed spend a fortune. Fortunately, if you understand how a tap works, it should not be very hard to replace it by yourself. If you understand how to use a screwdriver and turn off the water supply, you will be able to replace your taps without spending hundreds dollars. Just follow the basic rules that will be described on the next paragraph to get a better understanding.
You should have understand that kitchen taps have a lot of types and models. Different types and models determine the amount of holes the faucet has. There is should be at least a hole for every tap, but some taps do have 4 holes at most. If your current tap has more than a hole and you want to replace it with a tap that has lesser hole, find a model that has a base plate. This plate will cover the holes that are not used. It is very useful because if you want to switch the tap back to the one with extra holes, you already do not need to create one. However, sometimes you may encounter a condition where only one hole left over. If that is the case, it is a great idea to add a water filter, side spray, or soap dispenser.
There are some points that to bear in mind before changing the faucet by yourself other than the holes. Those points are listed below:
- Before beginning the replacement, make sure that you have every tools you need. Some of important tools include a bucket to catch the water drips, a wrench, and a screwdriver. Ensure your safety by using safety glasses.
- You have to completely understand how to turn off your water supply to the kitchen tap. In most houses, it can simply be done by switching a lever situated under the basin. You have to ensure both cold and hot water are off.
- After you turn off the water supply, you will have to free the pressure, which is left behind waterlines by switching your tap on and off.