Is it Difficult to Install Kitchen Fixtures?
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Swapping out the fixtures in a kitchen is a relatively simple task, but it still requires skills some homeowners may not have. It’s important to build some basic knowledge in plumbing and hand tool use before attempting to remove a faucet or install a new one. However, most installation processes are easy enough to DIY.
Here are some specific challenges to installing kitchen faucets and some recommendations on which fixtures to try first.
Changing the mounting method of a faucet, especially moving to a wall-mounted design, generally requires the help of a plumber, contractor, or both. This is because relocated plumbing lines from the counter to the wall, or vice versa, need a little more expertise than more homeowners have. This is also true when homeowners want to change from one mounting pattern to another. Changing the sink is an easy enough way to change the mounting hole pattern, but drilling new holes is better left to a professional.
Dealing with Damaged Fixtures
If a kitchen fixture is damaged or has stopped working, it may be beyond a homeowner’s skills to install a replacement. One must repair damage to the plumbing connected to the fixtures first, or the new replacements won’t work correctly either. If it’s unclear why a fixture is acting up, get it professionally inspected first before assuming a new faucet is all that’s needed.
The Easiest Fixtures to Install
Some kitchen fixtures are just easier to install than others. The most simple installations include:
- Lighting that is replacing a fixture of the same style and voltage
- Faucets installed over existing matching mounting patterns
- Appliance handles and drawer pulls, which generally require just a screwdriver