Last year I switched out my glass top electric range for a gas one. Honestly, it was just a want, not necessarily a need, but I can say that the change has made me want to cook far more than I did before, which was almost never. I'm not sure exactly why - perhaps I just needed a new hobby or the switch made me feel like I should at least give cooking a try. Regardless of the why, the change has made me feel like I actually could figure this 'cook like an adult thing' out.
Of course with one change, another one is usually close behind and so I decided I needed a pot filler. You know, a water spigot that sits above your range so you can fill up your pots easily even though my sink is exactly two steps away from the range. I quickly started searching for an affordable pot filler (under $100) in gold and here's what I found.
This pot filler is only $70, comes in a brushed gold finish, and honestly is prettier than the online picture shows. I love it! Since I didn't have a water line behind the range I scheduled a time for my plumber to handle the installation and took the following steps to be ready when he arrived. By taking care of these items ahead of time I was able to keep the overall costs down a little.
Here are the steps I took:
As you can see, I have a ceramic tile backsplash which I installed a few years ago.
4X12 WAVY SUBWAY TILE BACKSPLASH
Since the plumber needs to mount the water line to the wood framing in the wall to secure it, I needed to open up the wall to see what was behind it which meant I had to tear out some of the tiles. Before you begin removing tiles, make certain you have enough extras to reinstall once completed as many of the tiles will break. I was lucky in that I had plenty left over from when I added more tiles to the backsplash a year or so ago.
Using a utility knife, score along the edges of the tiles you need to remove to loosen and ultimately remove the grout. This is especially important so that you don't break more tiles than you need to.
Now that the grout is removed take a flat crowbar and a hammer and pop out the tiles you need removed. I will say two things here: First, you're going to break most of the tiles you're removing. In fact, a couple of times I had to intentionally break tiles in the middle with the hammer in order to get them out. And second, it's quite possible that you'll go through the drywall with the force of the flat crowbar so also be ready to replace it if needed.
With the tiles out of the way I then used an Oscillating Multi-Tool to cut out a small area of the drywall to open up the wall to see what we were working with. Luckily there was an open cavity in between two 2x4's so we would only need a little extra bracing to mount the water line. I will say if you open up the wall and find a 2x4 directly in the middle, you will need to notch it out enough so that the water line can be mounted at the appropriate depth if that makes sense.