Sunday, September 1, 2013

DIY faucet installation, Pfister Faucet Review!

I would like to start by saying
 "THANK YOU!"
to Pfister Faucets for sponsoring this post.
*While I was compensated for this article, all opinions are strictly my own.*
Friends of Pfister

Lets discuss my former kitchen faucet.
I hated it.
I'm not even going to pretend to have liked it.
 It was a standard, builder grade faucet. (aka Free)
 No sprayer. Short. Ugly. Blah.
It had to go!
We have been working so much on the kitchen, this last little thing was driving me nuts.
The chrome like finish just didn't fit in.
 Luckily, the counter hid it from view.....
We decided on installing one ourselves. 

I was thrilled when my new Pfister Faucet arrived!
I read through the instructions and checked the parts list.
Everything was there and the instructions seemed pretty straight forward and easy to read. 
It even included a recommended tool list, which was awesome as it had one very useful tool we did not already own!

Before ordering/purchasing a new faucet:
Check how many holes are already drilled/drill new ones.
If you have granite (like us) hopefully they are already drilled.
Our old faucet only used one, but all 3 were still there. 

FIRST STEP:
SHUT OFF WATER SUPPLIES.
Remove everything from under the sink. 
Set aside 1-2 hours.

SECOND STEP: 
Remove old faucet and be grossed out by what lies underneath...
 Gross, right?
Scrub and make sure it is very clean around holes.
For a good seal, you want it very clean!

THIRD STEP:
Follow your instructions.
Everything was very clearly marked and easy to understand.
We had no trouble at all with following them.
THE ONLY THING THAT WAS NOT THERE:
When to use the plumbers putty.
Seriously, it wasn't that hard to guess (if I guessed right) but having it included in the steps would have made me feel better.
 I put some (probably too much) around the two parts labelled 'putty ring' and it sealed it to the granite.

Every faucet is different but here are my pointers:

1.Check length of supply lines before installation,
you may need to get some long lines ahead of time.

2.Have someone help you when tightening things to ensure everything above the sink is straight and level.

3. Read instructions 2 times before you even start, no surprises!

4.Double check that your "Hot" and "Cold" are on the correct side. Hot is usually marked with a red tag.

FOURTH STEP:
Turn your water on, flush the line 1-2 minutes, then step back.
Admire your work.
 
We picked out the Hanover, single handle model. 
It just looks so charming and is the perfect touch of cottage I wanted at the sink.
We love this faucet! 
My kids squealed when they saw it, saying it looked like an old water-pump style. 
And the soap dispenser really makes the clutter disappear around the sink. 
Our newly installed faucet, C/O Pfister Faucets.
Model: Hanover, 1-handle Pull Down in Tuscan Bronze. 
My Overall Review:
(on a scale of 1-5 smiley faces)

Ease of picking out a faucet: ☻☻☻☻☻
The website, www.pfisterfaucets.com ,guides you through step by step!

Customer service: ☻☻☻☻☻
Quick responses and all questions answered.

Product condition upon arrival: ☻☻☻☻☻
Very carefully packaged and all items arrived.

Instruction clarity: ☻☻☻☻
Other than the putty, it was super smooth sailing.
I also would like to see "extra supply lines" in the recommended section 
as ours were too short and we had to run out and buy some.  

Ease of Installation:☻☻☻☻☻
It took less than an hour, start to finish!

Recommend to a friend: ☻☻☻☻☻

Great faucet, great company, great experience!
We will be going to them for our bathroom fixtures for sure.

3 comments:

  1. That's the same finish I have on my faucets and I love it! Great job! You're amazing!!! Can't wait to see you in a couple of weeks!!! :)

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  2. We love how the Hanover looks in your kitchen - hope it was worth the wait!

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  3. Christine, Love the tutorial! Great job on the smiley faces too!

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