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Single Handle Kitchen Faucet Hard to Move


kitchen faucet repairA kitchen faucet gets a lot of use and over time it may get difficult to swivel from side-to-side. This may also be accompanied by a leak at the base of the spout. You can remedy both of these problems at the same time.

You will need to remove the handle from the faucet. It may be held in place with a setscrew or you may have to remove a cap on top of the faucet to access a small screw underneath it.

With the handle off, you can grab the spout with one hand on the spout and the other hand where it encircles the faucet body. Lift up as you move the spout slightly back-and-forth.

Clean up this area with paper towels and cleaner. Also clean the inside of the spout’s housing (the part that sits over the faucet body). You will also want to replace the o-rings at the top and bottom of the faucet body. You can pry them off with a sharp blade. You want to get new o-rings and plumbing grease.

Replace the o-rings carefully making sure they don’t twist as you install them. Use the plumbing grease to lubricate them as you install them. You can also use a thin film on the surrounding area.

Gently reinstall the spout and handle and the spout should freely swivel from side-to-side.


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