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Old 07-01-2019, 01:49 PM   #1
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Updating the Kitchen Faucet

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So I bought a new kitchen faucet from Home Depot to replace the flimsy one that came on my Freedom Express. But I am having a hard time installing it. The faucet comes with 3/8" fittings and from what I can tell the fitting on the TT is 1/2" so I need a conversion fitting for it. However I have not been able to find a 1/2" to 3/8" male to male threaded nipple for it.

For those that have replaced your faucets, did you have the same measurements and were you able to find the right parts? Am I missing something else with it?

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Old 07-01-2019, 05:17 PM   #2
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Depending on what the connections look like, there is probably something out there that will work to convert.

option 1

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Old 07-03-2019, 06:54 AM   #3
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Thanks for the response but unfortunately those won't work. I need a male to male fitting for it. Although I hadn't thought about a hose like that so maybe I'll have to see what I can find.
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Old 07-03-2019, 07:03 AM   #4
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I bought male to male fittings at my local ACE hardware store along with new lines to connect the plumbing and new faucet works great
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Old 07-03-2019, 01:16 PM   #5
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3/8" . Why not just return it and get a fixture with 1/2" connections and be done with it?
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Old 07-03-2019, 03:09 PM   #6
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I had the same issue installing a new faucet in my parent's kitchen, old faucet was 1/2" IPS, new faucet expected to be connected to a 3/8" flare male fitting. I cut the PEX and used a pair of sharkbite to 3/8" flare quarter turn shutoff valves to make the final connection. Easy, and now there are reliable turn-off valves in place.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/SharkBit...00LF/202270613

You don't mention if the faucet input is rigid or flex lines, or whether the unit side is PEX all the way to the 1/2" or if there's flex there and something different further upstream. Those details might suggest other options.
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Old 07-03-2019, 03:31 PM   #7
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3/8x1/2 pipe nipples aren't all that hard to find. Even my local TrueValue has them in stock in brass. You could also use a 3/8 nipple plus a 3/8x1/2 bushing to get to the same place. Try this:

mcmaster.com/5485K33
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Old 07-03-2019, 08:53 PM   #8
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Could be a reducing fitting or it may be in the form of a hose with different fittings on the ends.
But it can be done and many change to residential faucets with only a few modifications.
Usually hardware or big box stores can help you match it up.
Check on return policies in case you have items purchased you don't need.
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Old 07-04-2019, 07:27 AM   #9
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Late to the game here, but the easiest thing to do would have been to just buy two 1/2x3/8 push-on shutoffs. Cut the PEX, push the new shutoff onto the PEX, then connect the 3/8 from the faucet to the shutoff.

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I had the same issue installing a new faucet in my parent's kitchen, old faucet was 1/2" IPS, new faucet expected to be connected to a 3/8" flare male fitting. I cut the PEX and used a pair of sharkbite to 3/8" flare quarter turn shutoff valves to make the final connection. Easy, and now there are reliable turn-off valves in place.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/SharkBit...00LF/202270613

You don't mention if the faucet input is rigid or flex lines, or whether the unit side is PEX all the way to the 1/2" or if there's flex there and something different further upstream. Those details might suggest other options.
Yep. Quarter turn Sharkbite fittings did wonders. ....
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Finally resolved my issue. I had decided to go with new Sharkbite values so I could get the correct fittings but when I asked a friend that does some plumbing work about it he said he's stop by and take a look at it. He had all the crimpers and everything to cut the pex and put a valve on using a crimp so that's what we did. Works great.
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