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Modified directions if your sink is very close to the back of your cabinet and you can't turn a wrench
on June 27, 2014
I finally got this thing installed and I'm hoping others can benefit from my experience. If you have your directions open, there are 2 plastic collars, a small one and larger one, that ship with the kit. These fit on the small diameter and large diameter plastic tubing, respectively. These are labeled "k" in the directions. Before you do anything else, slide these over the corresponding tubes and make sure they fit snugly. You should have to apply a little pressure to slide them along the tubes. The function of these plastic collars is to compress when you tighten the metal nuts (as in step 2 and 5 in the directions), creating a water tight seal on the tubes. If these plastic collars are too big for the tubes and slide very easily, you will never get a water tight seal and have leaks. The one's I was sent were defective and didn't fit, so check this first.
Next, now that you have proper plastic collars, start with step 4 in the directions, ie. attaching the faucet to the sink. If you're working with a tight space, this is the hardest step and attaching this first gives you more room to work. Modify step 4 in that you should not completely tighten the faucet to the sink. Leave it loose so it wiggles easily. Then proceed to step 5, attaching the small diameter hose to end of the faucet. This involves tightening a nut under your sink with a wrench. The space between my sink and the back of my cabinet was too narrow to turn a wrench. Instead, I held a wrench on the nut and twisted the base of the faucet from above the sink (this is why I left it loose). Once the small hose was tightly attached, I finished tightening the faucet to the counter. I hand tightened and then carefully used a wrench to finish the job an 1/8th of a turn at time. Then I followed the rest of the directions starting at step one as written. Using this modification, I was able to install the faucet by myself in under 30 min. If you are very short, you may need a friend to help you (because someone needs to hold a wrench under the sink well someone else turns the faucet from above).
Probably you are all smarter than me and figured this out right away. But the first time I tried to install this faucet, I spent 3 hours trying to tighten everything so it would stop leaking. I eventually realized the plastic collars were too big (because the hose popped off even after the nuts that hold them on were tightened within an inch of their lives). Once I had the right collars, and used the method above, the install was easy.