Moen’s line of kitchen faucets offers a wide variety of styles and features, making it easy to find the perfect tap for your needs. The Ultimate Guide to Installing a Moen Kitchen Faucet will walk you through the entire process, from choosing the right faucet for your kitchen to installing it correctly. This guide includes detailed instructions and photos to help you every step of the way, as well as tips on troubleshooting common problems. Whether a beginner or a seasoned pro, this guide will help you get the job done right.
The installation process for this Moen kitchen faucet model, which includes pre-installed flexible supply lines with 3/8 inch compression (screw-in) fittings, is similar to other single-handle models with an extendable spray wand. If the shutoff valves under your sink are 1/2 inch instead of 3/8 inches, use a 3/8 to 1./2 inch compression adapter to connect your supply line.
Overview of Project
1 hour 30 minutes
Tools and Materials Required
- Moen kitchen faucet
- Putty knife
- Teflon tape
- Caulk gun
Shut off the water supply.
If you’re looking to install a new Moen kitchen faucet, you’ll need to shut off your home’s water supply first. Here are quick and easy steps to follow:
- Locate the shutoff valves under the sink for hot and cold water supplies.
- Turn the handles of the shutoff valves clockwise until they stop.
- Open the old faucet to check that the water is indeed shut off.
- Use channel locks to disconnect the flexible supply lines from the shutoff valves.
- Grip the valve body tightly with one set of pliers while you use another pair to unscrew the nuts on the supply lines.
You’re ready to install your new Moen kitchen faucet with the old one now disconnected.
Remove the old faucet.
Assuming you’re starting with a basic faucet and prayer, you’ll need Phillips and Flathead screwdrivers to remove the old faucet.
- Use the Phillips screwdriver to remove the cap on the handle.
- Beneath the handle, use the Phillips screwdriver again to loosen and remove the set screw that holds the handle in place. With the set screw removed, pull off the handle.
- To remove the escutcheon (the circular plate beneath The Handle), use the Flathead screwdriver to loosen and remove any screws holding it. With The screws removed, pull off The escutcheon.
- Now you should be able to see the valve stem. Use the Phillips screwdriver to loosen (but not remove)The packing housing nut that holds The stem in place. Then, use the pliers to unscrew and remove The valve stem by turning counterclockwise. At this point, water may begin spilling out of the faucet, so have a towel handy to soak it up as you remove the valve stem.
- Finally, use the wrench to remove the large housing nut that sits beneath the sink and holds the faucet in place up top. With this final mounting nut removed, you should be able to lift out your old faucet and prepare to install your new one.
Installing a new faucet
After uninstalling your old faucet, follow these steps to install your new one:
- Start by attaching the escutcheon to the new faucet using the supplied flexible supply lines. To do this, simply slide the escutcheon up into place on the body of the faucet.
- Next, run the supply lines through the holes in the sink deck plate and position the body of the faucet over the center of the hole.
- Once you’ve positioned the faucet where you want it, check to ensure it’s level before securing it underneath the sink.
- If you’re using an optional deck plate kit to cover unused sink holes (for three and four-hole sinks), put the plastic shims and deck plate on the sink before installing the body of the faucet.
- Finally, use the supplied nuts and washers to secure the faucet body to the sink deck. Hand-tighten these until their snug, then use an adjustable wrench to give them an extra quarter turn.
Secure the Faucet
- With the rectangular support plate at the bottom of the sink, locate where it needs to go. Next, thread it onto the male end of the supply line and water tap body so it is level with the bottom of your sink.
- Place the round plate under the rectangular one, and then screw on the brass installation housing nut to secure it on the tailpiece of your water tap.
- This tailpiece also serves as the shell of the hose for the hand-held showerhead.
- Following the directions that came with your water tap, use the installation tool to hand-tighten the installation nut as much as possible.
- Be sure to check the placement of the water tap before you attempt to tighten it. The installation nut must be tightened until the water tap is secure and won’t turn.
Connect the spray hose
connect the spray hose is a simple process that anyone can do. Just follow these six steps, and you’ll have your stocking up and running in no time:
- Screw the outer mounting nut of the sprinkler hose onto the end of the water tap fitting. Then screw the sprinkler hose onto the water tap nozzle.
Insert the other end of the water hose into the water tap outlet until the end comes out from under the sink. Remove the white cap from the end of the sprinkler hose.
- Push the hose through to position it and use the white clip to secure it in place, connecting the sprinkler hose to the body of the water tap.
- Connect a weight to the sprinkler hose, placing it near the white tape on the hose.
- To attach the weight, it should be able to move up and down freely on the water hose; test this by moving the spray wand in and out of the water tap nozzle.
- The hose should be able to move quickly without touching anything under the sink.
Connect a water supply
You will need to use a Bung coupler to connect a water supply pipe to a shutoff valve on a water supply line.
- First, connect the cold and hot water supply pipes from the tap to the shutoff valves using the Bung coupler.
- Use two pairs of pliers to tighten the compression nuts on each pipe next, making sure one pair is holding the valve body in place while the other secures the nut.
- Ensure that the hose does not interfere with the sprinkler hose and does not kink.
- Open the shutoff valve all the way (by turning it counterclockwise) and turn the water back on.
- Check that the tap is working correctly and that there are no leaks in the hose or sprinkler hose.
Q: What is the proper way to secure a faucet body?
A: The proper way to secure a faucet body is to connect the supplied nuts and washers to the sink deck. Hand-tighten these until their snug, then use an adjustable wrench to give them an extra quarter turn. You can also use an optional deck plate kit to cover new sinkholes.
Q: What is a Bung coupler, and how is it used?
A: A Bung coupler is a device to connect the cold and hot water supply pipes from the tap to the shutoff valves. To use it, click the pipes from the tap to the shutoff valves using the Bung coupler, then tighten the compression nuts on each line using two pairs of pliers. Once the connections are secure, open the shutoff valve and turn the water back on to check for leaks.
Q: What is the weight used for when installing a sprinkler hose?
A: A weight is used to help keep the sprinkler hose in place. It should be connected to the sprinkler hose and placed near the white tape on the hose. The weight should move up and down freely on the water hose, which can be tested by moving the spray wand in and out of the water tap nozzle. This will ensure it can move quickly without touching anything under the sink.
Q: How much should the installation nut be tightened?
A: The installation nut must be tightened until the water tap is secure and won’t turn. It’s best to use a torque wrench or another tool to hand-tighten the installation nut as much as possible, ensuring that it’s tight enough without being over-tightened. This will help ensure a secure connection and prevent leaks or other issues with the installation.
Q: What are some tips for troubleshooting an installation?
A: If you’re having difficulty installing the sprinkler hose, ensure that all connections are securely tightened and that there are no kinks in the hose. Additionally, check that the shutoff valves are open and that the weight is correctly placed. If you have not attempted all of these solutions, it may be time to phone a professional.
Q: Do I need to use a shutoff valve when installing a sprinkler hose?
A: Shutoff valves are essential for ensuring that the water supply can be quickly and easily turned off in an emergency. Shutoff valves should be used for all water supply lines, including those connected to a sprinkler hose.
Make sure to connect the water supply pipes to the shutoff valves using a Bung coupler and tighten the compression nuts on each line with two pairs of pliers. Once connected, open the shutoff valve before turning on the water tap. This will ensure that the installation is secure and won’t leak.
Q: Is there any maintenance required for a sprinkler hose?
A: Yes, it’s important to periodically check the sprinkler hose for any damage or wear and tear before turning on the water tap. Additionally, disconnect the hose and check the connection between the shutoff valves and the water supply pipes for any signs of corrosion or leaks.
Always keep the sprinkler hose free of kinks, as this can cause damage to the hose and reduce water pressure. Additionally, use a weight to ensure it doesn’t move too much. Regular maintenance will ensure that your sprinkler hose is functioning correctly and safely.
Q: Is it necessary to use a deck plate kit when installing a sprinkler hose?
A: A deck plate kit is not necessarily required but can be used to cover any new sinkholes. This will give the installation a more professional look and help keep dirt and debris out of the sink. If you use a deck plate, disconnect the pipes from the shutoff valves before installation. Once installed, you can reconnect the lines and turn on the water tap.
Follow all the steps, use the right tools and shutoff valves, and test for leaks. With patience and the right supplies, you’ll be able to get your faucet up and running in no time!
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