Do you think something is wrong with your sink faucet? It doesn’t matter if it’s in the kitchen or the bathroom, your faucet will run into some problems over the course of its lifespan. One common problem is stripping, where the handle starts coming loose. Let’s take a look a how to fix this issue.
Shut Off the Water
The first and most important step is to shut off your water supply. After all, you don’t want to crack open your sink faucet only to be sprayed in the face! The sink is also different than the faucet on your tub, so keep that in mind if it’s the bathtub giving you trouble and not the sink. Turn the supply valve to the right, but before you do anything else, don’t forget to block the drain so you don’t lose any necessary screws.
Take the Handle Off
Find out where the body of the faucet connects to the cartridge. You’ll need to remove the handle or the cover plates to figure this out. But the handles are easy enough to remove with your hands. When it comes to the cover plates, you might need a screwdriver to get the job done. Then, you should be able to spot the locking nut.
Dislodge the Nut
The locking nut holds the cartridge in place. Luckily, you can pop it off with a pipe wrench. Keep an eye out for a small screw on the cartridge itself – it’s made of brass, and it’s essential to your success. Remove this screw and put it somewhere safe you don’t lose it. When you put your cartridge in, it might not have this screw on it.
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