While it may seem that replacing a kitchen faucet will be a straightforward swap of an old faucet for a new one, the first phase of the job (disconnecting it from a tangle of pipes (possibly corroded), that are connected to a dishwasher and garbage disposer) may be the most challenging. Another issue is working in the dark on your back with your head and shoulders squeezed in the confines of a base cabinet.
There is a staggering amount of kitchen faucet styles, finishes and features to choose from with price tags from $100 to $1,000. But we’re talking about a basic chrome, deck-mounted, single-handle, pull-out sprayer faucet.
To tackle this job yourself you need some basic plumbing tools, along with a basin wrench, a specialty tool that twists and turns so it can loosen and adjust tough-to-reach fasteners on a faucet assembly. As long as you’re there, replace the old supply tubes with new, flexible stainless-steel supply tubes for the hot and cold water lines. Make sure to turn off the water supply at the shutoff valves under the sink or at the main water supply valve. You’ll find how to videos online to get an idea of what’s involved.
A plumber will charge $271, which includes labor and material, to do the job. You can buy the faucet for $170 and install it, saving 37%.
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