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Repair A Leaky Ball-Type Faucet

Before You Start
Make sure the main water valve is turned off either near the base of the faucet or under the sink. Open all the lines to drain out any excess water. Cover the sink with a towel or cloth to stop any parts or tools from slipping down the drain. You may also want to cover any wrenches or pliers with tape or cloth to prevent any damage to the finish of your faucet. When you disassemble to faucet place the parts in order so they can easily be put back together. Last but not certainly least remember to take the faucet name or model number along with the old parts to the store so you can identify the correct replacement part or kit.

Ball-Type Faucet
Most ball type faucets are fairly easy and inexpensive to repair because you usually need only replace worn parts, not the entire mechanism. Faucet repair kits are available at your hardware store.

If the faucet is leaking at the spout with the handle turned off, the problem could be a loose adjusting ring, a damaged ball, worn valve seats, or worn springs. Before replacing any parts, try tightening the adjusting ring first.

Turn off your water at the shutoff valves and tip the handle up. Loosen the Allen screw located at the lower front section of the handle, and lift off the handle. Insert the cam tool into the adjusting ring located in the cap and turn clockwise to tighten. Do not over tighten or you may crack the handle. Replace the handle and test for leaks. If it is still leaking, you will need to replace some parts.
  1. Turn off the water at the shut off valve under the sink.
  2. Loosen the Allen screw at the front lower section of the handle and lift it off. Under the handle, you will find a large chrome cap with either wrenching surfaces or a knurled rim. If the nut has wrenching surfaces, you can use smooth jawed pliers or an adjustable wrench to loosen the nut. If it has a knurled rim, use the wrench that comes with the repair kit, or pliers covered with cloth or duct tape.
  3. Remove the cap and pull out the cam, cam washer, and ball with your fingers. Reach into the body of the faucet and lift the cold water rubber seal and spring from the inlet port with a small screwdriver. Next, lift the hot water seal and spring. If your faucet is more than 10 years old, or has dripped for several months, plan on replacing the ball also.
  4. Using your faucet repair kit parts, replace seals and springs by pressing each rubber seal onto its spring. Slide the seal and spring onto an Allen wrench with the seal facing up. Insert the spring and seal in to the inlet on both the hot and cold inlets.
  5. Press the ball into the faucet body. The ball will have a peg like key on one side that matches the slot in the body. Press the new cam cover over the ball and align itís key with the slot on the faucet body. Push it down until the key engages and thread the cap over it. Tighten the cap until it feels snug, but do not over tighten. Replace the handle and test the faucet. If it still leaks, remove the handle and tighten the cap a little more.

Fixing Ball Type Faucets Leaking At The Handle
If your ball type faucet is leaking at the handle or base, your O rings will need to be replaced. See instructions above to lift the stem off and replace O rings.

Tools: Screwdriver, groove-joint pliers, Allen wrench, ball-type faucet repair kit, cam tool (should be included in faucet repair kit)


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