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Sunday, February 13, 2022

DIY Kitchen Installations | Dishwasher | Kitchen Pipe | Kitchen Faucet - Homeslibro

Just as you do not need to panic and call in a plumber when plumbing repairs are required, there are kitchen installations that you can do for yourself, even as a beginner, in your home or RV. You can easily handle installing a dishwasher, replacing a kitchen pipe, and installing a kitchen faucet.

Ensure to check if you require permits from your local authority to carry out specific installations.

 

Installing A Dishwasher

Installing A Dishwasher

Installing a dishwasher is easy, and you do not need to spend money on a plumber to do it for you.

Tools Needed

Ø Wrench

Ø Pliers

Ø Screwdriver

Materials needed

Ø Dishwasher

Ø Wire nuts Screws

 

Method

1. Attach the drain line

Take your Dishwasher out of the box, and lay it face down to see its back. Double-check that all the connections are intact.

Remove the cap from the drain line.

 

2. Thread The Drain Line


Crimp the clamp around the hose. You will need pliers to secure it well. Thread the drain line into the hole under the sink.

 

3. Place the Dishwasher Under the Counter Top

Carefully place the new Dishwasher under your countertop.

Adjust the dishwasher legs' height by levelling the countertop using a wrench with the screws anchoring the Dishwasher to the countertop.

 

4. Reattach the Wires

Ensure the power is off at the breaker. Reattach the wires carefully, matching the colours, then screw on the wire nuts and finally wrap with electrical tape.

Put the copper ground wire under the green-round screw, and then tighten downwards.

 

5. Connect the Supply Line to the Dishwasher

Using a wrench, attach the Dishwasher and the supply line and connect the drain line to the plumbing system.


Turn on the water that is under the sink.

Connect the drain line to the plumbing system by tightening the clamp firmly around the hose. After making the connections correctly, turn the power on at the breaker.

 

You can install a dishwasher depending on your RV's size of. Nonetheless, it is good to know that you will use a lot of water, yet you want to conserve as much water as possible. Because you have to regularly fill up your fresh water tank, you most probably want it to last for a long time.

Also, you will use high voltage power from your generator, which needs to last for as long as you are on the road. If it is your home, power conservation is a priority. Furthermore, you have to winterize it to prevent freezing during winter.

 

How to Replace a Kitchen Pipe

Replacing a kitchen pipe may look complex, but it's one of the easiest projects to carry out, even for a beginner. You may want to change it because it is leaking or for some other reason. The curved pipe is connected to the waste lines and the sink drain. As you prepare to fix new pipes, it's good to ensure that they are aligned. If the alignment is off even slightly, it won't seal, and it will continue leaking.

 

Replacing a kitchen pipe in your RV is the same as that in residential homes. The only difference is that the drain pipe connects to one sewer line in your home, while in the RV, it connects to two separate tanks, the grey and the black tank.

 

1. Remove the Old Pipes

 

Removing the old pipes should not be difficult. However, you may need the necessary tools to loosen the P-pipe that cannot come off easily.

Supplies Needed

Ø Hacksaw

Ø Adjustable pliers

Ø Bucket

Ø Tape measure

 

Method

1. To Begin…

Place a bucket under the curved part of the P-trap. Turn off the water valve to prevent getting soaked if the faucet is open without knowing when working on the pipes.


Inspect and take measurements using tape so that you may purchase the right size. Using adjustable pliers, grasp the nuts found on the pipes extending down from the drain and the sink, and turn it clockwise. If the pipe is metal, you may have to spray lubricant to loosen the threads' nuts.


Disconnect the traps by pulling them away and turn them upside down to drain water into the bucket. If the traps were attached to a common tee, unscrew the connection and remove the tee.


If necessary, remove the tailpieces. To remove them, unscrew them from the drain by turning clockwise using adjustable pliers.

 

2. Install The New Sink Drain Pipe

Once you have removed the old pipes, you are now ready to install the new pipes under the kitchen sink. To achieve a perfect connection, you need tight and precise fittings.


Screw-in the tailpieces; they are long and can extend to the same level as the drain line's top. Extend the tailpieces to at least 2 feet above the cabinet's bottom- if the drainpipe is on the floor. With a hacksaw, cut the tailpieces to the desired length.

 

Still using a hacksaw, cut the new pipes to match with the old ones. Ensure they are the same diameter. PVC pipes are preferred in the kitchen because they do not rust easily.


Connect the pipes with compression fittings, and then use your hand to tighten the nuts up to the point where you are ready to fix the P-traps. Next, proceed to slide every trap onto its fitting tailpiece. Then proceed to tighten your nut, and then swivel it so as to meet the pipe that goes to the drain. Fix that end then proceed to tighten the nut.


After you are done fixing the new pipes, open the drain and let the water out to check if there are any leaks. Tighten any connection that is leaking using adjustable pliers.

 

Tips

If your sink contains garbage disposal, the trap is attached to it the same way it is attached to the tailpiece.


If you cannot unscrew the tailpiece, then unscrew the lock nut and push it up to remove the complete drain. After you replace the drain, spread the plumber's putty on the filter's bottom part before replacing the lock nut.


Never use pipe dope or plumbing tape to stop P-trap leaks. None has any effect and will only make the leak worse.

 

Installing a Kitchen Faucet

Installing a kitchen faucet is simple, and it's a great project for a beginner. It also doesn't take much time. You need first to identify a tap you prefer. You may, for example, choose a sleek design made from stainless steel.

Installing a Kitchen Faucet


Faucets in an RV are fixed the same way as in homes. You can install any faucet in your RV, though most RV suitable faucets are plastic, unlike metal ones found in your home.

 

Tools Needed

Ø Wrench

Ø Screwdriver

 

Method

1. Remove all the items under your sink so that you can access the pipes.


2. Shut off the water supply to avoid making a mess as you work. Grab a few towels as well. Some water will remain in the pipes even after you turn off the water.


3. Locate the two water lines. They may either be at the water shut-off valve or the back of the cabinet. If yours is attached to the old faucet, you need to de-attach them to remove the old one.


4. Disconnect the water pipes by unscrewing them using a wrench. Remove the old faucet by lifting it and then pull the attached lines through the hole on top of the sink.


5. New faucets typically come with new water pipes already attached, making them easy to install. The yellow arrow points to the hose pipe.


6. When you install the faucet, the spray hose will make a loop and plug right back into a clip on the faucet. Ensure the faucet is adequately tightened at the spray hose.


7. Place the plastic washer that is grey in colour over the housing and the attached lines, and then proceed to drop them down inside the opening on the sink. Remember that your grey goes on the countertop or sink. The rest of the hardware remains under the sink. Screw the faucet tightly in place.


8. Connect back the water lines under the sink and reattach the spray hose to its clip. Turn on the water and run the faucet, testing it for leaks. You now have a new working faucet.



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