Installing a faucet is really not that difficult, any do-it–yourselfer can accomplish this task. The most important part to install a Delta faucet is to take your time and read the directions. While faucets will be slightly different, the many parts and instructions are virtually the same. You could hire a professional plumber to do the job for you, but why waste your hard earned cash on a task you could easily do yourself?
Learning how to install Delta faucets is not that difficult. Anyone knows that DIY plumbing will leave money in your wallet for another home project. Ready to start?
There are a few plumbing installation materials that you will need in order to install your Delta faucet. These items include your new Delta faucet, Teflon tape, flashlight, silicone sealant, an adjustable wrench and a basin wrench, channel locks and also a screwdriver with both Phillips and slotted heads. It is very important to assemble the needed tools before beginning your project.
The first step is dismounting the existing faucet feature. This is a great learning moment for your Delta faucet installation. Pay attention to where you are removing parts from and how they seem to work to perform their jobs, Be sure to cut off the water supply to the sink in question -- if not you could have a fountain rather than a sink.
Once you have removed the old faucet, thoroughly clean the area around where the e faucet was setting. Many times here you will find crud and dirt build up which should be removed before setting in you Delta faucet. Once the area is clean, your process of installing a Delta faucet is well on its way.
Place the new Delta faucet on the top off the sink over the position where it is to be placed. The threads should easily fit through the previous holes. It is also important to have the upper gaskets in their proper place. The manual that is provided with the Delta faucet should give pictures and written instructions for you to use as a guideline. Overall, the Delta company is known for providing good instructions for their Delta faucets. If you have a problem, contact them for plumbing help.
Once the faucet is in place it is now time to head under the sink to place the nuts and bolts which will hold your new Delta faucet in place. There will be a large plastic nut with one side wide that the other. These nuts should slide straight up to the top of the bolt. It will rest between the bottom of the sink making your connection tight and secure. Make sure that the Delta faucet is placed just how you want before tightening the nut. You will then tighten this nut securely, but be cautious not to over tighten as you can damage the nut or can make taking it off later a major problem.
The next step is where people generally get a little overwhelmed. Attacking the main water supply to the faucet is a must if you want this to be a functional faucet. It is much easier than it sounds. You will need your Teflon tape and also be sure to cut off the water supply to the sink you are working on. At the bottom of the bolts you just used to secure the fixture to the counter with, wrap the bottom with the Teflon tape. The bolt and supply line can then be slid into to place and well secured using the adjustable wrench. Your water lines are now in place.
You are nearly finished. The last step to installing a Delta faucet is to attach the stopper. This has a chain from the top pull that will connect to the bottom of the sink. These are often times very different in how they work. It may be important to double check instructions at this point. This step also involves adjusting the chain to make it work best for your sink. You will attach the chain with a clip or screw beneath the sink on the dropper coming from the faucet. This is a simple step -- just take your time to ensure perfection.
Let the water flow; you will want to make sure everything is in good working order before placing the clear silicone sealant around the faucet to reduce water leakage that can occur from splashing and other sink accidents.
Don't you feel great about the do it yourself plumbing you just completed? Think of the money you saved!