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How to replace a faucet cartridge with a new one.
Tools / Materials (See Below for
Appropriate faucet cartridge replacement (the
same cartridge as that of the one you're replacing)
Locking pliers / Channellock®
pliers by Channellock, Inc.
Pliers (needle-nose pliers preferably)
Over the course of the use of your kitchen sink,
you are bound to need to replace the sink's faucet cartridge with a
Replacing a faucet cartridge with a new one can be done in a few steps,
and here's how:
First, shut off
the water that runs to the faucet that is about to be serviced
by turning the shutoff valve clockwise; this shutoff valve is
usually found right underneath the faucet, in a cabinet below or
otherwise. If your house is very old, your house kitchen
may not be equipped with an interior shutoff valve and, thus,
you'll need to shut off the main waterline to the house; see the
section on problems finding the shutoff valve.
with the water shut off temporarily, you can work on removing
the first piece
of the faucet in order to ultimately replace the
existing faucet cartridge with another one: Specifically,
with your hands, take off the cover found on top of the faucet
that is designed to be removed in order to provide you access to
the faucet's o-rings and cartridge. This will be the first
of many parts that you will remove, so it may be best that you
logically place this and other parts you remove in a vertical,
sequential line on a surface for later easy re-installation; see
the section on how to simplify your plumbing repair process.
With the access
cover taken off, use a screwdriver to unscrew the screw that
holds the faucet handle in place.
Then, with the
handle taken off, depending on the type of faucet you have, you
will do either of two actions: 1) use Channellock pliers /
locking pliers to turn counterclockwise the retainer pivot nut
found to be underneath the removed handle in order to unscrew it
completely off the faucet; or 2) use your hands to lift off from
the faucet the retainer ring found to be underneath the removed
retainer taken off, next, you'll simply take off the spout
sleeve from the body of the faucet, which will then give you a
clear view of the O-rings.
Inspect these O-rings to make sure that they are not worn out,
pitted or otherwise damaged in other ways. If you see any such
damage, now is the time to simply change them out with new O-rings
of the same type.
To gain access to
the existing cartridge of the faucet, use needle-nose pliers,
along with a screwdriver (as applicable), to jimmy out--remove
the retainer clip that retains the cartridge in place.
Upon removing the
retainer clip, use Channellock pliers / locking pliers to lift
up the existing cartridge from its place in the faucet.
Per the faucet
cartridge replacement manufacturer's instructions, install the
faucet cartridge replacement.
the faucet cartridge replacement in the faucet, re-install the
parts of the faucet that you had previously removed over the
course of this repair project.
That's what it takes to replace a faucet
cartridge with a new one.
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