Here’s the thing about DIY. The install is easier than the demo. Don’t let the giddy people swinging sledge hammers on home improvement shows fool you. You have to make sure you don’t destroy the things you plan to keep. And the things that are semi-assembled before installation when your house is built? Now they’re all up in your way when you’re trying to take part of it out.
I say all of that to let you know that taking out my old faucet was the hardest part of this project. Partially because working under your sink is an awkward space. Partially because one of the plastic bolts holding it in place was so stuck it had me in tears.
I started by turning off the water. A very important step. Turn any valves you see under your sink clockwise. Then try to turn on your water. If any comes out you did it wrong. Go back and find what you missed.
The next step? Taking out the pipes that were blocking my access. This was something I already had experience with thanks to the great garbage disposal clog of 2013. This is also a good time to clean out those pipes since they’re usually pretty disgusting. Taking out the garbage disposal is optional. And by optional I mean it would probably have made my life significantly easier to remove it but I didn’t want to deal so I worked around it.
Disconnect all of your water lines leading to the sink. This should be a simple matter of using a wrench to twist a nut. You’re in an awkward space, though, so expect to bang your knuckles a few times. Just being honest here. Or confessing to how clumsy I am. Either seems likely.
My sink had a three hole assembly. In my case that meant that the water lines were fed through the center and there were two bolts holding the sink in place through the holes on each sides. The plastic bolts holding these in place were almost my Waterloo. I struggled a little and finally got off the one behind the garbage disposal. Score one for the lazy girl who didn’t remove it! The one on the other side? The one I could most easily get to? That one had it in for me. Some trial and error later and I can confirm that using my drill to basically demolish the bolt was the way to go. It also effectively let me work out my anger against said bolt.
The sink sans faucet? The most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. Even if it was covered in rust. Maybe the rust was why I had such a hard time getting that side off? It seems likely. Stupid rust… Regardless, after the struggle to get to this point, it’s gorgeous.
Now clean up anything you messed up and get ready to put in your sexy new faucet. The Pfister Clarify With Xtract™ is so easy to install, it will make up for any challenges you had taking out that old faucet. I could tell you how I did it…or I could show you this handy video they made for just such purposes.
The Xtract technology means the sink is going to give me glass after glass of crystal clear water. And the easy to use handle lets me control when it’s filtered and when it’s not with a simple push.
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And that little hole where my old sprayer used to live? It’s going to be the home to a new soap dispenser. Currently ordered and just waiting for it’s hopefully easy installation. My faucet is officially too beautiful for my current sink and countertops. I feel more kitchen updates coming up. Except I’m definitely leaving the countertops to the professionals. A girl has to know her DIY limits.
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