Recently our kitchen was renovated and we now have a kitchen sink with a separate pull-up sprayer. Most of the time when I pull up on the sprayer there is resistance when the hose is about halfway up. I checked under the sink and there nothing that the hose is getting caught on. The odd thing is that often after using the sprayer a couple of times while doing dishes it will suddenly lift up smoothly all the way without any resistance. What could explain this behavior?


Sprayer Hose

  • Perhaps clear photos from above and below the sink might help. Commented Nov 20, 2021 at 23:45
  • I added two photos. The sprayer hose is white in the photo. Commented Nov 21, 2021 at 15:53
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    the hose is stiff when cold. after spraying hot water it heats up and is more flexible, thus providing less friction resistance.
    – dandavis
    Commented Nov 21, 2021 at 21:51
  • That seems to be the best explanation to fit the observations. If I ever get up enough motivation to change the hose, what kind of connection is used (the white thing in the photo)? Commented Nov 22, 2021 at 13:52

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Ah! it looks from those excellent photos that when the hose is being pulled, it catches on the handle of a shutoff valve at the end of the blue pipe.

If that is the cause of the issue, you could make a smooth ramp around the valve, top to bottom with easily-removed plastic food wrap or wide tape, so that the hose slips past easily.

Cover valve smoothly

Of course, as @dandavis states, it could be the cold pipe is stiff.

  • That's a plausible explanation but as I had stated that was not the case. Commented Nov 22, 2021 at 13:49

I second the cold v warmed-up hose liklihood. Additionally, I've found that rubbing some silicone spray on the full length of my hose makes it more cooperative when cold since it does have to pass thru it's own fixture / guide, but that only works temporarily. Maybe there's a better form of lubricant, or maybe lubricating the fixture / guide would work better.

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