The kitchen pot filler is a faucet located near or above the kitchen cooktop. Its main purpose is to provide a lot of water into a pot without having to move the heavy pot afterwards. A kitchen pot filler is an excellent addition to any kitchen. It adds convenience, improves safety and looks good.
Installation of Kitchen Pot Filler
Installation of a kitchen pot filler involves two major steps. The first involves “roughing in” the cold water supply pipe within the kitchen wall. This process is not difficult an inexperienced homeowner should probably utilize the services of a professional plumber to do this portion of the work.
In any event, to install cold water supply, the kitchen wall must be penetrated at the spot where the pot filler will be installed. Either the location must be chosen where a pipe already exists or a new pipe must be run to this spot. In either case, a nipple is installed that will connect to and provided water for the pot filler.
In new construction, the penetration of the wall can kept rather small as most of the “rough in” can be done before the wall is finished. In a retrofit, the hole will be a little larger as the plumber will need some space to accomplish the retrofit. Most kitchen pot filler kits come with a large back plate to hide this hole. Still, care must be taken to not enlarge the hole too much unless the wall will be replaced.
The installation of the actual faucet is quite simple when compared to the rough in work. Included with the kitchen pot filler is a retention ring that secures the faucet to the wall. Dry fit this ring to the faucet and attach to the nipple. Using a marker of some sort, indicate where the holes will be drilled. Be sure to orient the ring so that the screws will not damage the pipe in the wall. Remove the faucet and attach the ring to the wall.
Next, apply some Teflon tape to the nipple. Finally, slide the decorative plate over the faucet and attach the faucet to the nipple. A small hex screw will attach the retention plate to the pipe and the decorative plate will cover both. The installation is now complete.