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Repair A Leaky Cartridge 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.
Cartridge Faucet
If your faucet leaks from the spout, you will have to replace the cartridge. If your faucet leaks from the handle, you will have to replace the O rings. It is a good idea to replace both when you repair the faucet, since the O rings are located on the cartridge.
  1. Turn off your water at the shut off valve located under the sink. Drain any remaining water. If your handle has a screw, unscrew it and pull off the cover. You may need to use a finger nail file or knife to pry off the cover of the handle.
  2. There is a pivot nut under the handle. Loosen this nut with a screwdriver to see the top of the cartridge. There should be a U shaped retaining clip holding the cartridge in place. Use needle nosed pliers to remove the clip, and pull out the cartridge.
  3. Insert a new cartridge, pressing it down as far as it will go. Align the flat notches in the stem with the brass body slots. Insert the U shaped retaining clip, making sure it goes in all the way. Put the pivot nut back onto the column.
  4. Replace the handle by tipping it up as high as it will go within its plastic hood. The cam opening of the handle must engage the groove of the pivot nut. Engage the back of the lever in the pivot nutís groove. After you feel the handle engage, you should press the handle down. Screw in the stem screw and replace the cover. Turn on the water and test it for drips.
Tools: Screwdriver, needle-nose pliers, adjustable wrench, new cartridge


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