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Why does it seem all new faucets are using braided hose instead of stainless steel?

I have been looking for a new kitchen faucet recently at all the box stores, and noticed that pretty much all pull-out/pull-down faucets are now using a black braided hose instead of a more rigid ...
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How do I get the stem out of a hose bib to replace the washer?

I have no idea why this isn't simple, perhaps because every repair project has to have some hitch in it to piss me off. I have a leaky hose bib in my back yard, so I wanted to take the sucker apart ...
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how to remove this faucet aerator? it just slips

I have the following type of faucet aerator: I tried to "unscrew" this one, but it seems not screwed at all; it just spins. Is there any way to remove this? As it is a separate part, there must be ...
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How to fix a leaking faucet aerator

I removed the aerator on my kitchen faucet and attached a hose for a time and cleaned the aerator. Now I cannot get the original one to screw back into the place without it leaking (well spraying ...
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how to unscrew faucet valve stem when it's stuck?

I'm trying to replace the valve stem of a 2-handle bathroom sink faucet. All the instructions I've found online say to unscrew the nut atop the valve stem. But my nut, when it turns, also turns the ...
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How can I temporarily fix a leaky faucet?

I have a house from the late '20's and my hot water leaks in my tub. I've had it fixed a few times by plumbers and the last one said that to permanently fix it, I'm going to need to replace the whole ...
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How do I dismantle a faucet assembly to replace a leaky valve?

A bit embarrassed asking this, but... I'm trying to replace a leaking valve off my faucet assembly, but am unable to unscrew the faucet cap. Here is the faucet assembly - Taboret® widespread lavatory ...
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How do those glowing LED faucet aerators power themselves?

Google LED faucet aerator and you'll see dozens of different color-changing faucet aerators (and showers), most of which are powered just from the stream of water. How do they generate the necessary ...
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Faucet drip after water shut off

We had a plumber out to replace our outside hose bibs. After turning the water back on, one of our faucets in the house now has a drip. Its nowhere close to the area that the plumber worked on. Any ...
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Did I ruin my bathroom faucet during descaling?

I wanted to descale my bathroom faucet (for taking showers), so I put some vinegar on a tissue and put it on the faucet. I left it for 7-8 hours and when I wake up my faucet looks like this: It ...
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How Can I re-attach my bathroom fixtures which are hanging loose from the wall?

Please see the two pictures below. I'm trying to re-attach the two faucets so that there is no gap between them and the wall. These faucets work perfectly fine its just that they aren't attached to ...
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How to replace stripped faucet stem?

Weekend warrior here. Watched some YouTube videos, but my set up looks different and don't want to mess it up. The handles to my tub faucet use a plastic connection. This got stripped. So I believe I ...
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Why does only the hot water have low Water Pressure from my 2 handle kitchen faucet?

My kitchen faucet is a two handle style with a single delivery spout. The water pressure for the cold water and for ALL the other water sources in the home work fine. The water pressure for the hot ...
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How do I fix a faucet that turns all the way around?

The hot water faucet in my bathroom sink turns in circles instead of stopping at the fully closed/open positions. It gives slight resistance at some points. This annoying as I can't tell where the ...
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Why does the pop-up on my sink's drain keep popping up?

After 3 years of good service, the plug in the pop-up waste in a bathroom basin won't stay down/closed for more than 30 seconds. It takes me 2 minutes to shave, and in that time the plug pops up 4 or ...
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Why is the hot water in my tub fluctuating between hot, warm and cold?

I've been living for a year in a 1985 (or so) 8-floor condo in the NYC metropolitan area. The building is well managed. I have a kitchen and a bathroom with both a separate shower and a ...
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Weird junk accumulating in kitchen faucet aerator?

Our kitchen faucet was replaced about three years ago when we moved in. Every week or two, the flow starts to get noticeably throttled and I remove it for cleaning. What I find inside is a layer of ...
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stem puller for shower

I've an old shower in my house that was leaking when I moved in 8 years ago. I removed the faucet and, for 7 years now, I've not been able to remove the stem. (yes, that's a long time, but kids got in ...
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How to remove the handles from this faucet

My bathroom faucet is leaking around the base of my right handle. With previous faucets I've been able to use a set screw to loosen the handle and replace the washer. With these, though, I can't ...
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How do I remove a stuck moen 1224 cartridge

How do you remove a stuck moen 1224 cartridge? My shower is a two handled moen chateau installed in 1994. Getting the collar of the cartridge was no problem. However, the cartridge won't budge. I ...
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How can I fix a shower faucet valve where hot and cold suddenly reversed?

We have one of those faucets with one handle which first goes to cold and then progresses to hot as you go further from off. Or, at least, it used to be that way. We went on vacation, had someone ...
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Why does my bath faucet drip for a few minutes after it's shut off?

I have a traditional two handled (one hot and one cold and they are separate) bath faucet. I recently had it reseated and the washers replaced, however, what I noticed was that immediately after shut ...
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Metal and Plastic Bathroom Faucets are the Same?

Today I spoke to a highly reputable bathroom faucet company, and they claimed that their all metal faucets and plastic faucets (internal parts) are generally the same when it comes to quality and how ...
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How do I fix a leaking connector between my garden hose and faucet?

I am trying to connect a garden hose with the faucet. After connecting and turning on the faucet, the water still squirted out. Please see the attached picture. I am not sure whether I need a wrench ...
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What kind of valve is this and how do I disconnect it?

So, I have a leaky faucet. I am in the process of disconnecting everything so that I can take the faucet out and inspect what's going on with the leaky faucet. However, when disconnecting the faucet, ...
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Kitchen faucet has low water pressure but can't identify the faucet

I am having trouble with low water pressure in my kitchen faucet. It started happening gradually over timeIt is a single-handle, with a sprayer nozzle. From reading other posts here I'm pretty sure ...
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How to fix a self-turning handle on a Price-Pfister single handled faucet

I have a Price-Pfister 533 Genesis single handled kitchen faucet that turns itself off. It is impossible to run water at a low volume because the moment your hand is off the handle it shuts off. ...
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How do I tighten a loose kitchen faucet?

I have a kitchen faucet that is starting to move around in the hole cut in the counter top. I would like to figure out how to tighten it, but due to the location of drain pipes and the disposal I ...
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How can I take apart this kind of tap to replace the washer?

I need to replace the washer on this tap as it keeps leaking. The tap design seems quite similar to the one described here, but it seems the middle section cannot be turned (it's completely round, ...
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How can I fix a clothes washer faucet that is leaking?

I just moved the clothes washer out of the way but now I found the faucet that connects to the washer is leaking. I tried to replace the faucet but looks like it is soldered and I cannot find a way ...
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What do I need to do to replace this shower faucet handle?

I've had a surprising amount of difficulty finding the answer to this question via traditional means (vendor website, store clerks, etc). I recently moved into a house and I've been updating various ...
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Why would the pressure in my kitchen faucet drop overnight?

The kitchen faucet has just noticeably decreased in pressure. No leaks anywhere. It did get a lot colder overnight, but that's the only thing that changed. Any ideas?
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What brand of faucet is this and how can I hook the sink sprayer up to it?

The sprayer for my faucet is not hooked up to anything, the rubber hose just dangles below the sink. I'd really like to get this wired up, as it would be very handy to have, but I have no idea how to ...
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What is causing the minor leak in flex supply line under sink?

I had new shutoffs and new flex supply lines installed by a professional plumber a few months ago. Today, I installed a new faucet because mine was very old and starting to fail. I installed ...
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Weird set screw on single handle bathroom faucet

I have a leak in my single handle bathroom faucet. I can't find any stamp or marking on it to indicate the manufacturer. Turning off the hot water fixes the problem short term. I have found some ...
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How do I replace the water supply line that appears to be built in to the shutoff valve?

We're preparing to replace our bathroom faucet. We were able to easily disconnect the cold water supply line from the shutoff valve to the faucet by simply loosening the nuts holding it in place. ...
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How do I fix a leaky outdoor faucet?

As you can see, the outdoor faucet in my backyard leaks when the water is turned on. It does not leak when the water is turned off. (For those who are wondering: Yes, there is some water going ...
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Weird problem with kitchen sink water flow

I've had this problem for years and have learned to live with it, but today I got an idea to ask it here. My kitchen sink has a problem where the water flows away from it slower than it flows into ...
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Can't get threaded connector all the way into shower faucet. Do they need to go all the way?

We're installing a small corner shower in one of our washrooms, and I'm having an issue with the threaded inlet/outlet connections on the faucet. I'm using Sharkbite, and bought some ...
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Help Identifying Frost Free Faucet Manufacturer

Can anyone help me in identifying who the manufacturer of this frost free faucet is? I am needing to repair the faucet but have read that every one is just a little different, making a simple repair ...
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Hose left on outside faucet over winter with no nozzle, should I replace the faucet before turning it on?

We recently bought a house in which I think the hose was hooked up over the winter. It didn't have a nozzle on the end of it, so there wasn't any pressure in the hose. The faucet is a Woodford model ...
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How to keep my sink from coming loose?

How can I keep my faucet from twisting on it's center axis and becoming loose? I have a Glacier Bay Keelia 8 in. Single-Handle Pull-Out Sprayer Kitchen Faucet, as you can see in the below photo. In ...
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Is it possible to connect an inline filter to a hot water dispenser?

I plan to install an under-counter hot water dispenser and want to pre-filter the water. I found this product that already includes a pre-filter, but the cartridges appear to be proprietary and ...
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Are replacement kitchen sprayers fairly interchangeable?

Well, first house break-down of the year happened about 6 hours into 2013... The wife grabbed the kitchen sink sprayer and snapped the lever off of it. No leak, but it doesn't work anymore. Am I ...
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Options for replacing a broken kitchen faucet head?

My kitchen faucet broke, the head piece where the water comes out fell apart, other than that the unit works. I went to Home Depot and they sell the entire faucet instead of just the head. I wonder ...
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How can I remove a broken plastic packing nut from a faucet?

I have a leaky exterior faucet where the plastic packing nut has broken and the threaded end is still inside the faucet. How can I remove the broken packing nut from the faucet?
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How can I identify and source an old faucet cartridge

I have an old faucet that drips. I would like to fix the leak, but am having a lot of trouble finding a replacement cartridge. The faucet does not have any markings of any kind. I brought the ...
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Tightening a Moen Faucet Lock Nut

I have a Moen single handle kitchen faucet that I cannot tighten adequately due to lack of room. I can get some turn on the lock nut with needle nose vice grips but not enough to completely hold it ...
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Leaky outdoor faucet when using spray nozzle

I have an outdoor faucet connected to a garden hose and pistol type spray nozzle. The connection is leak free until I turn the water off and pull the trigger on the spray nozzle to get some of the ...
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How do I remove this stuck faucet valve cartridge?

It's still in the casing, as I didn't want to remove the whole faucet. I tried lots of WD-40 and trying to tighten a little and then loosen. Someone told me to use a hair-dryer on it to heat it up a ...