Kitchen Faucet Replacement T@B 320 S (2018 Model/May 2017 purchase)
On the 23rd of December, I was cleaning and rearranging some items in the kitchen cabinet of my T@B. I full-time, so it's fairly full of items.
I suppose I got a bit cocky and when "efficiently" packing everything back in, I pushed the existing water lines leading into the faucet aside to tuck some items in. I shortly felt something wet and noticed dripping... uh oh. Closer inspection revealed that I must have cracked the fitting where the incoming water lines connect to the faucet.
I considered using superglue or trying to find some other way to fix it. In the end, because I live full-time in my T@B and it was shortly Christmas where I expected I might not be able to get a replacement on short notice (or end up with a flood), I decided to replace the entire fixture. Unfortunately, the connectors from the factory installed faucet to the water lines are integrated and not replaceable.
I did some measuring and went to Home Depot. At first I was looking at the Kitchen faucets and wow... they are all so huge! Then I realised that bathroom faucets would be the perfect fit. Also, and this was different in prior years' models, the 2018 T@B is a single-hole fixture which further limited my choices - pretty much you'll need to find one with a single handle.
I found three that would fit, and all were the same price $89, which was more than I was expecting (I guess I don't do much home maintenance!). The Kohler Worth, the Moen Hensley and the Delta Alux (available at Lowe's). I went with the Delta Alux just because I liked the style more - I wouldn't really know the brands.
The existing faucet was very easy to remove, once you knew how. You simply grab the large black plastic ring underneath and hold it steady while you move the fixture above the sink a quarter turn. This loosens it and I was able to remove/unscrew the black plastic ring underneath by hand without tools, and that released the entire fixture.
The new fixture was easy to put in and the (pre-attached) water lines had plenty of length for the T@B. I had previously measured it, but there was plenty of room even behind the fixture to ensure it wouldn't be in the way of the window or screen.
I really thought I was on a roll and would have the entire thing done in 15 minutes if... it turns out that the attached water supply lines terminate in 3/8". The T@B water supply lines are 1/2"!
...back to the hardware store. I guess no home repair job is complete without at least a second trip back to the hardware store.
At the hardware store, an employee saw me looking at supply lines and asked if he could help. I had brought the old line and told him I was looking for an adapter. He told me I'd have to return the faucet and that I couldn't make it work, and I'd need to buy one (nearly $200!) without attached lines and buy them separately. While I was asking him why I couldn't find an adapter, two other men that were just customers jumped in and started all talking over each other at me saying how I'd end up with flooding if I tried to use an adapter. I was surrounded on all sides... even when I pointed out the shut off values I was told because I had plastic pipes I definitely couldn't use those that they were only for metal pipes and more "did I want to wake up to a flooded house? You are going to flood your home!". With three men hounding me from all sides aggressively trying to give advice I very nearly ran from the store to escape.
On the way back home, unsure of what to do, I saw another hardware store and stopped in. I couldn't find an adapter, but I did find a shut off valve that would fit, and I also found a picture on this site about someone else who had installed shut off valves, so I thought I'd give it a try. I even looked them up online and they can be used for our types of pipes. Ouch, they were nearly $10 each, though.
Finally getting back, I managed (oh, and please, please everyone remember to put the rubber washers from the old pipe connections IN the shut off values which don't come with washers before connecting them to your water supply and turning it on. Don't ask me how I know this!) I've ended up with a very nice if more expensive than I'd planned replacement faucet.
I have to say I rather like it. It really feels like quality, it's a good height and distance for when I do dishes or fill up the kettle, the water flow is great and I think it may even be more water saving than the standard T@B one (a good quality for me as I normally boondock although I'm currently at an RV park).
I wouldn't say there's anything wrong with the standard faucet, and it was definitely my own error it broke. But if you are looking for a nice upgrade around $100, this was very easy to do and required almost no tools (I only used a wrench to tighten up the fittings once the new faucet was in place).