How To Replace Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

Shop secondhand

If you’re DIYing a kitchen renovation or you simply want the experience of crafting your own shelving units, a good place to start is with used cabinets. While buying anything used is a bit of a gamble, it’s more likely than not you’re going to wind up with a great set of cabinets that you can customize without worrying about accidentally damaging thousands of dollars’ worth of hardware.

Habitat for Humanity ReStores Shops

With over 800 locations across the U.S., ReStores is a great place to find used kitchen cabinets at drastically reduced prices. As a bonus, your purchase will help support local Habitat for Humanity programs.

Facebook Marketplace

You can geo-target an area when searching for used kitchen cabinets or other items you might need for your renovation project. Although Facebook Marketplace items usually are being sold, rather than given away for free, the prices are often very reduced, and you always have the option to negotiate pricing. 

Architectural salvage yards

While not the cheapest option for finding used kitchen cabinets, architectural salvage yards often have quality castoffs from high-end renovation projects. In addition to kitchen cabinets, you may also find sinks, flooring tiles, and other items you might be able to use in your affordable kitchen redesign. 

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Tools Materials

  • Hammer

    Hammer

  • Screwdriver

    Screwdriver

  • Pry bar

    Pry bar

  • Pliers and wrenches

    Pliers and wrenches

  • Caulk gun

    Caulk gun

  • Belt sander

    Belt sander

  • Drill/driver

    Drill/driver

  • Hole saw bits

    Hole saw bits

  • Putty knife

    Putty knife

  • Clamps

    Clamps

Things You’ll Need

  • Putty knife
  • Utility knife
  • Pipe wrench
  • Socket wrench
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Drainpipes and fittings
  • Sink
  • Sink strainer
  • Plumber’s putty
  • Caulk or silicone sealant
  • Bucket
  • Towel

Avoid Key Costly Errors When Replacing a Kitchen Faucet

When I say “costly” I’m not just describing immediate financial costs. Costs include wasted time when you don’t adequately prepare and costs in terms of frustrations that leads to stress. Actually, time, as the saying goes is money too. And stress can cut years from your life. I rank that as a high cost.

So since saving you money and reducing your stress are my key goals (read more here under “Affordable Plumber” heading) those are the primary areas I’ll cover here.

My primary objective is to point out the stumbling blocks most DIYers run into that cause frustrations and problems and how to you can avoid them. I know because many DIYers call me when they run into those blocks and need help. And that’s what I’m here for, to help you! So please keep my number handy if you get hung up at some point.

When I come to help, you get a bonus hands-on lesson in how to replace a faucet like a plumber. Then if you want to replace another faucet, a bathroom faucet for example, you’ll be able to do it like a pro. (Or to know you don’t want to tackle it yourself.)

Now Youre Ready to Follow the New Faucet Manufacturers Instructions

Why do you want to do it yourself? Is it to save money?

Most of us want to save money. So that may be the first reason that comes to mind. If so, you might want to think it through a bit more. First, how much, if any, will you really save? For example:

  • Do you have the right tools and supplies on hand or will you need to buy them?
  • Do you have “a bad back” or other ailments that might require chiropractic or physical therapy from laying on your back and maneuvering in awkward positions? Or even cause you to miss your real work?

Call me to get a free phone quote.

I guarantee you the best price. Yes, we really are the most affordable high-quality plumber in the area. And I guarantee my workmanship for ten years. Read here for other reasons to choose us.

Do you have the temperament to take on a DIY project that’s likely to be frustrating?

If this if your first DIY home project, it’s likely to be quite a challenge. Is your spouse, partner, children or other family members available to help hand you tools while you’re on your back? Are you easily frustrated? Do you take frustrations out on others? If loved ones nearby cover their ears or leave the room whenever you attempt a DIY project, that’s a clue.

Do you have the time to do it yourself?

Time is the one resource we can never recoup. Whatever time it takes you to complete this project is time away from other activities or memories you can be making.

Is whatever money you might save by doing it yourself worth time away from family, friends, fun? For myself, time with family is dear to me and one of my core values. That’s why I’ve chosen to not have a 24 hour service business.

Do you want to do it yourself because you enjoy tackling a challenge?

Hey, I get it! As a kid helping in my dad’s plumbing business, I enjoyed solving problems and helping people. Tackling a challenge and helping people at the same time made me feel like a hero!

So if you enjoy the challenge, are not easily frustrated, have a good back and the time to do it without sacrificing other more important activities — go for it!

I hope the tips I’ve included above help you avoid the common stumbling blocks I’ve mentioned.

But if you do get stuck, remember, you can always call me! Well, not always. You can always call me during normal business hours.

If you plan to do it yourself, do it during normal business hours

That way, you’ll have a plumber there to help without an added after-hours fee.

I hope you’ve come to the conclusion that I’m the best plumber for you to call. If you need more reasons, read this section.

When you call me, you’ll have the added benefit of watching and learning as I go through the process of replacing your old kitchen faucet with your new faucet.

Final Thoughts

Learning how to replace a kitchen faucet is one of the easier kitchen remodeling updates that DIYers can accomplish to freshen up their homes. While a new faucet can be installed in just a few hours, the type of faucet being swapped affects the amount of time, number of tools needed, and whether professional help may be optimal.

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If you are updating a single-mount faucet with another single-mount, it is the easiest scenario. For those who want to change from a single-mount to a double-mount, holes will need to be created to accommodate the new faucet. Changing from a double-mount to a single-mount is also possible, but it requires a base plate to cover the holes that are no longer needed.

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Required Tools for this how to replace a kitchen faucet Project

Have the necessary tools for this how to replace a kitchen faucet DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Hammer
  • Handsaw
  • Pipe wrench
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Tube cutter
  • Wrench set
Basin wrench

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