Monday, September 19, 2011

Replace a Sink Sprayer

A sink sprayer adds great versatility to your sink. But if yours needs replacing don't put it off, it's easy to do.

1. Shut off the water supply to your sink. Then turn on the faucet to drain any water left in the lines.

2. Disconnect the old sprayer from the diverter on your faucet. You'll want a bucket or a pile of towels to catch any water left from the plastic tubing.

3. Unscrew the mounting nuts that hold the sprayer in place.

4. Pull the sprayer out of the sink and use a scouring pad and some white vinegar to clean the residue from the opening.

5. If your sprayer doesn't come with rubber packing around the base, use a bead of plumber's putty.

6. Slip the new sprayer into place; press down on the base to be sure it's secure.

7. Back under the sink screw the mounting nut into place. Tighten the nut with a pair of slip joint pliers if they'll fit, it not you'll need to use a basin wrench.

8. Once the sprayer unit's in place screw the hose onto the nipple under the faucet. Use a wrench to tighten the nut a quarter turn past hand tight.

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