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02/23/05

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Fixing Cartridge Faucets


Cartridge faucets often are the single-lever faucets you'll find on kitchen sinks. Leaks usually are caused by worn-out cartridges and old seals. On cartridge-type faucets, those rubber seals are called O-rings. The surest way to repair a cartridge-type faucet is to completely replace the cartridge and the O-rings. When you buy a replacement cartridge, look for repair kits that include the correct O-rings.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

SKILL SCALE
Easy

TIME REQUIRED
You can repair a cartridge faucet in less than one hour.

TOOLS
Screwdrivers
Utility knife
Slip joint pliers

MATERIALS
Heatproof grease
Replacement parts as needed

Cartridge FaucetsFirst, turn off the water supply at the shutoff valves. Then, use the tip of a screwdriver to pry off the index cap on the top of the faucet. Once it's off, remove the handle screw underneath the cap.

 

 

 

Cartridge FaucetsRemove the faucet handle by lifting it up and then tilting it backwards slightly.

 

 

 

 

Cartridge FaucetsRemove the threaded retaining ring with slip joint pliers. Remove any retaining clip holding the cartridge in place.

 

 

 

 

Cartridge FaucetsGrip the top of the cartridge with the pliers. Pull straight up to remove the cartridge. Install the replacement cartridge so that the tab on the new cartridge faces forward.

 

 

 

Cartridge FaucetsTo expose the O-rings, remove the spout by pulling it up and twisting slightly. Cut off the old O-rings with a utility knife. Coat the new O-rings with heatproof grease and install them.

 

 

 

Cartridge FaucetsReattach the spout. Screw the retaining ring onto the faucet, and tighten the ring with the slip joint pliers. Attach the handle, the handle screw, and the index cap. Turn the water back on.

 

 

 

 

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