This post is a long time coming. Almost two years, in fact, since I was invited to visit the Delta Faucet Headquarters with a bunch of awesome bloggers, and decided I was totally having one of these Delta Touch2O faucets in my future kitchen. At the time I expected that future kitchen to be in a whole other house, in a different part of the state. But hey, things happen.
So my Touch (donated by the awesome folks at Delta) sat forlornly in its box, collecting dust, waiting for the day when I would unexpectedly buy a house while sitting in a bar. Luckily that day came sooner than anyone could have anticipated, and the next thing you know, I’m wedged under a sink, installing this baby.
That looks like a lot of parts, but don’t be intimidated. It was infinitely more difficult to remove the old faucet (there was a hammer involved) than to install the new one. I think it took less than 30 minutes, and here’s how it went down.
The old faucet was a 4-hole model with one for the faucet, one for the handle, one for the sprayer, and one for the soap dispensers. (Side note, soap dispensers inexplicably gross me out.) Since the Touch only needed two holes, I had to decide where I wanted the faucet and handle located.
Then I started with the installation, following the instructions.
1.) Wire comes out of spout shank.
2.) Metal washer and spout insulating element get snapped together.
3.) Dry fit assembly. The spout and white gasket on top of the “counter”, the large mounting bracket (used for top mount sinks only) washer and insulator, and nut to be attached from underneath.
Here’s what it looks like from under the sink:
And that part is done.
4.) Gasket goes around the valve with 101 wires and tubes coming out of it.
5.) Tubes and wires are fed through the proper hole and the the valve (aka handle) is secured with the mounting bracket. It comes with a wrench to do the job, or you can use one of your own.
6.) This fancy thing is called a solenoid, and the metal part is the retaining clip. Of the tubes and wires that are attached to the valve, the two long ones go to the hot and cold water supply lines, the wires attach to the side of the solenoid (we’ll get there in a sec) and the solenoid itself is attached to the “short tube”.
It slides right over the top and is held securely by sliding the retaining clip in place.
7.) Install the hose by sliding the hose guide on the leading end of the hose.
Thread the hose through the spout. You might have to give it a little jiggle or two at the end.
Attach the sprayer.
Dock it in place. (The secret is magnets!)
8.) Attach the other end of the hose to the bottom of the solenoid by pushing it in place.
Snap the clip over it to secure.
9.) And for the fun part… wires! (It’s not that bad.) Attach the ground clip to the bottom of the spout.
Pull the protective cap of the wire from the shank (it looks like headpones) and plug it into the jack on the side of the solenoid.
Snap the battery wire on to the battery pack. Note: Follow the actual directions and install the batteries after the wire is attached. I did not. The world didn’t stop turning on its axis, but those batteries quit working like eight hours later. It could be because they sat in the box for two years, or it could be karma for not following the directions. So… fair warning.
10.) Install check valves onto water supply lines. They have little pieces that go inside them… don’t forget those. Also this is the one spot where I chose to use teflon tape.
11.) Install hoses onto check valves. One thing I love about all delta faucets is that the pex tubing runs all the way through the faucet to the supply line, which means you don’t have to attach the hoses both at the supply lines and up on the faucet (which is a pain in the ass) like with most other manufacturers. For this reason alone I’d only install Delta faucets.
12.) Then, it’s moment of truth time, turn the water on at the supply lines. Move the valve into the “on” position, and spend ten minutes “touching” the faucet on and off and alternately giggling like a school kid and basking in your DIY plumbing glory.
It took me about a day to get used to it, and then I had that small issue with the batteries needing to be replaced, but I’ve been living with this faucet for over a week now and can tell you this: It’s way more fun doing dishes now.
Truthfully, I never used the little sprayers that come with most standard sink faucets, but I put the head of this one off the base and use it as a sprayer all the time. There’s no fighting with hoses or water pressure, it just goes nicely back into place when you’re done.
It will be a little while before the rest of this room starts moving into dream-kitchen territory, but the sink is well on its way!