Originally Posted by shamrock481
I want to replace my kitchen faucet. Can I use one purchased from Lowes? Thank, John
Yes.... and NO.
First: that is exactly what I did. I bought one from Lowes.. It fit perfectly, no modifications needed.. BUT the plumbing
On the OEM both cold and hot connections were on the end of tubes which were the same length
on the one I bought, the COLD was the right length but the hot was not.. This resulted in some problems and I ended up adding a short length of flexible line to make up the difference.
No problem after that.
Next problem: My water pump developed a leak (The only realation to the faucet problem is they are/were both over a decade old) So today's home improvement was a new Sur-Flow water pump. Just for fun I will describe that job:
Turn off city water and bleed pressure off (low point drain)
Cut black wire from pump;, disconnect red, disconnect inlet and outlet lines (They are supposed to be only hand tight but I needed pliars to disconnect) rip pump out, then go in and remove the rubber shock mount. (4 screws #2 square, way easier with the pump out of the way.
Remove inlet strainer (hand tight) from pump; and clean it
Install it on new pump.
Solder seal and protect (heat shrink) the black wire to the one you cut (Easier than reaching all the way to where the connection was.
Reconnect inlet and outlet,, hand tighten (I added 1/6 turn with pliers)
Reconnect RED wire.
Test (Worked perfectly)
Install 4 screws to hold shock mount down.
Total cost $0.00,, I get free Amazon gift cards, New pump; is 55 PSI(Old 45) and 3GPM (old 2.5) HAPPY CAMPER am I.