Whether you’re planning to do a remodel or moving into a new house, it’s always fun to do the whole process by yourself. It’s because you can choose everything based on your needs and of course, your budget. One of the spots in a house that you can’t miss out on is a kitchen. As the hub of the house, a kitchen is one of the core areas that need to run smoothly.
When it comes to a kitchen, fixing a fixture that is related to plumbing can be quite tricky. Therefore, some homeowners choose to call a plumber instead of doing it themselves. However, it’s still possible to change a kitchen faucet alone, especially if you love a DIY job.
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In this tutorial, we will show you how to remove a Moen kitchen faucet that has a single handle.
How to Remove Moen Kitchen Faucet
Before doing this job, please make sure that you follow the instructions carefully because each brand, type, and model may need different treatments.
You will need these basic tools and supplies:
- Needle nose pliers
- A bucket (optional)
- Penetrating oil (optional)
Step 1: Turn Off Water Supply
The first step is to make sure that the waterline supply is off because your kitchen will turn into a swimming pool if you let the water supply on, even if the faucet is off.
- Spot the valve of the waterline supply (It’s usually under the sink).
- Turn off the valve for both cold and hot water.
Step 2: Check the Pipes
Once the valve is shut off, double-check everything to make sure that the pipes are empty.
- Turn on the hot and cold water one by one.
- See if there are any leaks. If so, the valve may not work properly.
- If you see water coming from the pipes, let them drain.
- Place a bucket under the valve to catch the water.
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Step 3: Remove the Faucet’s Handle
After draining the residual water, you can start removing the faucet’s handle.
- Use a screwdriver to remove the handle.
- Spot a set crew that is connected to it.
- Use a wrench to loosen the screw.
- Gently wiggle and pull out the handle carefully.
- If some parts of the faucet are stiff (usually happens in an old house with a faucet that has been installed for years), use penetrating oil to help.
Step 4: Take Out the Dome and Plastic
Now that you have removed the handle, check again if you spot a major leak or any malfunctioning parts.
- You will see a small dome and a black sleeve to remove.
- The dome usually slides easily once the handle is removed.
- Use a wrench to take out the black sleeve in an anti-clockwise move.
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Step 5: Remove the Mechanism
After removing the dome and black jacket, you will notice the handle mechanism that controls the water flow of the faucet.
- Use a screwdriver to remove the screw that holds the mechanism.
- Take out the mechanism with care to prevent any damages.
Step 6: Take the Ring and Washer Out
After making sure that the mechanism has been safely removed, you can see the ring and washer under it.
- Remove the white ring under the mechanism. Make sure that you remember the direction it points in.
- Put it in a safe and easy-to-spot place because you will need it again later when installing a new faucet or putting the old one back.
- Remove the washer under the ring by using a wrench.
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Step 7: Remove the Spout and Cartridge
Once you have done with the previous step, it’s time to take out the spout. You may want to write down or simply remember the directions and sequence you have removed them so it’s easier when you put them back.
- The spout can be easily removed without any tools.
- Under the spout, there is a clip that holds the cartridge. Remove the clip with a screwdriver.
- Remove the cartridge by holding the stem with pliers.
- Twist the pliers in a different direction until the faucet comes off.
Step 8: Clean the Surface
While you’re doing the job, it’s a great chance to clean the surrounding of the sink surface while the faucet is removed.
- You may find a bit of caulking or putty.
- Use a soft cloth or sponge to clean the surface.
- You may also need a scraper to remove the old caulking.
- Let the place dry before installing the faucet back.
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Those are 8 (eight) simple steps that you can follow to remove a Moen kitchen faucet by yourself. Calling a professional plumber is very understandable since it has to do with your plumbing. However, it doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to do it alone. We hope that this tutorial can help you and happy exploring!