It happens to me often as a plumber. After repairing a faucet and the homeowner first twists the tap, they are surprised. "The faucet is easy to turn!" exclaim. What's wonderful about them is not that the faucet works smoothly after the repair, but never noticed that it did not work well until it blew terribly or made the handle unmanageable.
Think about it. You enter the kitchen or the bathroom, and as you have done a thousand times, you reached the tap to the handle and switched on the water. Do you notice something? Probably not. Water flows; turns it off and goes down the road. Since you use the tap that you do not notice daily, it is that the minerals accumulate gradually from the water inside the faucet, and the parts are dripping. With this, the inner parts resist movement, so the handle is getting more and more difficult to move. Think of arthritis in faucets.
The good news is that you can save a lot of money by improving the faucet. Do not allow the water pipe to scare you. With some common tools and some guidance, the beginner can do the job and become a hero to your spouse or friend. After I've listed some simple steps to help fix the one-arm tap. I only deal with the repair of a single lever faucet in this article because the stairs for the pins are unique and there is no place for explaining the multi-lever faucet.
Please read the full article before starting the repair process. After you begin the actual fix, you can return to each step to update the memory.
Single-lever faucet repair steps:
1) First, determine the faucet and type of repair; if you actually find the brand on the team that will greatly help. More than 100 different brands and taps are manufactured, and most of them include different parts. If you do not find a name on the team, it's a great help for a digital camera. Take a picture of the tap and show the picture to the plumbing store. Chances occur when an experienced employee sees the image, he immediately knows what brand he is.
2) If you know the tap or have your picture, you can purchase the necessary repair parts. Or go to big box-type stores or a local hardware; each has its own strong point. Describe the patient's symptoms with the clerk. Is the handle difficult to move? Has the faucet clogged with underwater water? (The kitchen faucets are notorious for doing so.) The clerk should know which parts are to be delivered and save you from making multiple trips to the store because they have bad parts. If you repair a Moen brand tap, it's a good idea to buy a "pull" tool to remove the old cartridge. There are various types of cartridge removal devices; cheap plastic versions are available or more expensive heavy metals. For the homeowner, cheaper plastic should be fine. The faucet is available without repair, but the removal tool helps make life easier. (During repair, the lowest priority for me was a few cents in the parts.
3) KNOW WATER TO THE FAUCET. Did I stress enough? Turn off the water supply before disassembling the tap. Generally, there are small chrome or brown valves inside the wash basin towards the back. If we are like any other American I have ever worked, the basin cabinet will be full and these valves will be buried under all sorts of cleaning and shampoo bottles. Do a hair dryer, makeup, spare soap and toothpaste, and … you get the idea. Drop the debris and find the valves. If the valves do not turn easily, you may need to find the main drain valve on the house and turn off the water. If you need help finding the capsule, see the article on how to do this on my website.
4) After the water has gone out, close the drain cock on the sink. This little trick was taught by another plumber 30 years ago. This is because? Probably, by disassembling the faucet, you are going to take a small screw or seal and the closed stopwatch predicts that the small part will disappear in the drain. Dazzling. Before disassembling the tap, if you want or need a detailed, illustrated breakdown of a particular faucet and parts, these illustrations are usually found on the manufacturer's web site.
5) Remove the handle. Often there is a removable plastic cover that covers the handle bolt. Unscrew the cover and remove the screw. Some handles are fixed with a screw on the handle side instead of the top. Look at the handle, looking a bit, it must be obvious.
6) If the handle is removed, you will see some tool that holds the replaceable parts. Sometimes it's a horseshoe metal clip that jumped out. At other times, this is a kind of round, threaded cap that wraps it. Remove the retaining screw or cap.
(Some pins in the pins have a surrounding cloak surrounding the horseshoe clip, first pull out this hose, then pull the horseshoe ring out, gripping with pliers and pulling it toward you. Hold the hub clip with a pliers and gently slide it out to the side.
7) Now you have to remove a plastic or brass cartridge that needs to be pulled out. If it is a Moen tap, use the removal tool. Follow the instructions on the tool pack. Be careful not to damage the faucet during the process. Some faucet brands do not have plastic or brass balls. Lift or unhook this section. There should be two small rubber seats and springs under the round ball. Take them out. (In this step, all removed parts must match the new parts that were raised in the store.)
8) After removing old components or cartridges, it is a good idea to use the flashlight and peer inside the faucet where the old part . Do you see the fragments or pieces of old patron pieces? If so, use the needle holder to remove it.
9) You can now install the new parts and go through the stairs while collecting the tap and remembering all clamp clips and rings. If you have some parts left, take the tap back and find out where to go before turning the water. Take your time and be well.
10) This is the most important step. After the faucet has been reassembled, the water is restarted and tested to make sure it works well, presenting your work to your spouse or friends. Check out their reactions because they are amazed at the functionality of the faucet. Now you're the hero, not the plumber, who should have paid for the repair.
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