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Any plumbers out there, have a question?

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  1. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

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    Hello:
    My elderly mother owns a condo. The other day her water pressure coming out of her kitchen sink droped by 50%. The rest of her condo's water pressure is fine. I purchased a new airator, and there was no change as the water pressure remained very week.

    Her kitchen faucet has a large duck neck on it and has seperate hot and cold handles. I unscrewed the base of the neck and removed it. I than unscrewed the cartrdige and stem and that looked fine.

    I put the faucet back together as I intentionaly did not put the cartridge and stem back in. The water pressure is once again strong and we have no leaks on top or bottom of the sink.

    My question, is there any harm not having a cartridge and stem in her kitchen faucet as it appears to work perfectly now with strong water pressure? The kitchen faucet has no brand name that I can find on it, as I also brought the cartridge and stem to Ace hardware, Menards, and Home depot and no one has this same cartridge and stem like she has.

    She does not want to purchase a new faucet at this time. What is your opinion?
    Thanks,
    Steve Balistreri
     
  2. Catpower

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    Does it have a hand sprayer on it? What you left out is the diverter so when she tries to spray it will come out of both the sprayer and the faucet, so she won't have much spraying pressure
     
  3. BigBadBob

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    Not really a plumber but this worked for me.

    Find where the water line enters and there should be a pressure regulator at the lines point of entry. It most probably is sort of cone shaped and there should be a brass protrusion right in the center. Mine is slotted for a regular screwdriver.Tightening or loosening should adjust pressure.
     
  4. guido

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    I am not a plumber either, but I do know that a flush beats a full house..

    Guido
     
  5. rpeerless

    rpeerless Well-Known Member

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    I do some of my own plumbing, but I don't have a question.
     
  6. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

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    She had a sprayer but took it out. This now seems to work great. Thanks for your imput.
    Steve
     
  7. slickhead

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    There is a diverter valve located in the base of the faucet where the spout mounts to the faucet. The diverter is activated by pressing the sprayer button. Sometimes trash gets in the diverter and will keep it from activating properly. Generally you can clean it or you can replace or just take it out. Thanks
     
  8. maka

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    I ran in to same unavalubility situation with cartridge. I put some vinager in a glass measuring cup and soaked for 10-15 min. Reinstalled and works great.
     
  9. d endicott

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    There is a filter on the sprayer hose where it comes out of the valve body. Check that, and remove it.
     
  10. senior smoke

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    Thanks for the tips. Vinegar to soak it, sounds easy enough.
    Steve
     
  11. Ron Burdick

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    They always told me to soak it in cider.

    Ron Burdick
     
  12. Mac55555mn

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    have to be careful on the duration with that one Ron
     
  13. Bob Schultz

    Bob Schultz Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

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    All I know for sure is Hot on the left, Cold on the right, poop flows downhill and if you're doing plumbing work don't bite your fingernails! My favorite plumbing tools are my cell phone and my MasterCard.

    Bob
     
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    Bob ,,You forgot ,,Pay day is on friday,,,MX8 Dave
     
  15. BigBadBob

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    And the 4th thing is,"Boss is an a$$hole!"
     
  16. Chango2

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    Wait a minute, you can afford to shoot trap, but can't ante up for a new basic kitchen faucet? Any kind, preferably U.S. made, and NOT washerless ought to be reliable and fix the problem for a long, long, time.

    It's all in the priorities!
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  17. RWT

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    Ron,
    If you soak it too long it just kinda turns to mush.
     
  18. Stl Flyn

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    Found one, you want her number?
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  19. deadendout

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    I could use a new helper, she'll do. Yes you removed the hose spray diverter. If the hose spray is gone just throw the diverter out.
     
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