Connecting Faucets with Supply Tubes
Most contemporary faucets have attached copper supply tubes that are hooked to the framework of the faucet. This way, one can simply connect the supply tubes directly to shut off valves beneath the faucet. Connecting faucets with supply tubes for hot water and cold water is an easy task.
You begin by measuring the distance between the shut off valves and the faucet. Make sure that the water has already been shut off. It is always important to have rags and a bucket when carrying out any plumbing work. On the modern faucets, there are pre attached tubes, a center mounted and threaded a tail piece which are all designed to fit well down through the sink center hole. This makes it easy to attach everything.
An allowance of 4 inches is allowed for any twists and turns. The buy the proper length of vinyl mesh or braided steel faucet supply tubing in order to connect the faucet to hot and cold shut off valves. Ensure that the supply lines that you purchase are the correct connection types for the shut off valves.
Your kit will come with the mounting bolts from the ends of faucet body for firmly holding the edges of the faucet against the sink. You should try to decide whether you have a sufficient tubing length. The key problem with this kind of installation is that the tubes are too short. You will have to buy extensions for connecting everything together in case the tubes are too short.
You will need a rubber gasket, lock-nut and retainer ring so as to attach your faucet to the sink onto the threaded tail piece. In addition, an adjustable wrench will be needed for tightening everything. Most center mounted faucets come packed with a decorative plate. This is to be attached under the sink together with the hardware provided. Use compression fittings to connect the pre attached supply tubing with the shut off valves. It is important to note that the blue-coded tube is for cold water while the red – coded tube is for hot water.