Installing or fixing a faucet can seem like a daunting task. But, in many cases, homeowners can update the kitchen and bath themselves — all you need are the right tools,

good judgment and a little time to devote to the project. Here are some top plumbing questions answered:

Does it take long to install a faucet?


Before starting the project, make sure you have the essential items. Products to keep in your toolbox include: a crosshead and regular screwdriver; adjustable wrench or basin wrench for hard-to-reach areas; flashlight; pliers; plumber’s putty; thread seal tape; and an Allen wrench. Once you’ve checked your list, it should take about an hour.

Can I replace a two-handle faucet with a single-handle model?

In many cases, mounting hardware and flexible hookups will let you replace your current two-handle model with a single-handle one. Many single-handle faucets are available with deck plates to provide an attractive covering.

There are advantages to having a single-handle — many pulldown or pullout faucets are designed with a single-handle, allowing homeowners to easily clean around the kitchen sink. Also, it’s easier to turn off one handle when completing tasks in the kitchen.


Is there another option for a kitchen faucet other than a standard mechanical faucet?


For ultimate convenience in the kitchen, consider a hands-free faucet. Imagine having raw chicken on your hands as you’re making dinner; just place your hands under a Motion-Sense faucet from Moen and the water automatically turns on — as soon as you move your hands away, it turns off.

Do you need the water left on for a longer period, like when you’re washing dishes? Just wave your hand over the top of the faucet in order to activate the Wave Sensor.

What can I use to clean my faucet?

Use mild soap and water and dry with a soft cloth. A natural cleaner using 50 percent white vinegar and 50 percent water is great for removing hard water stains, but make sure the faucet is rinsed thoroughly. Avoid abrasive cleansers or sponges to remove tarnish and rust.

What causes a faucet to leak or drip?


Leaks are often caused by internal mechanisms that need to be replaced such as a scratched or torn cartridge, O-ring or grommet. Typically, a cartridge replacement — which is both inexpensive and easy — will correct this type of leak. Try troubleshooting a few options, and if there are still problems, it may be time to call a professional plumber.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.