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I just installed a brand new pfister no-touch faucet. Turned

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I just installed a brand new pfister no-touch faucet. Turned it on, and I can't turn it off either with the sensor OR the handle
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Customer: I explained everything I can, I think. The supply lines are connected correctly and the sensor is connected properly, but when I turned on the supply lines the faucet came on and will not stop unless I turn off the supply. I thought maybe it was the soap dispenser, because I have a butterfly layout, and it is in front of the sensor, but I took it off an I still can't stop the water.
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Customer: no
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Plumbing
Expert:  Mike R. replied 10 months ago.
Hi my name is ***** ***** I have been in the plumbing field for 20 years. I will be glad to help you today. Does the faucet run full on or trickle when off? Is there no difference when operating the handle to on or off?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
It runs full force. It seems to slack almost imperceptibly when I move the handle to "off."
Expert:  Mike R. replied 10 months ago.
You will have to remove the cartridge. Remove the handle and remove the cartridge and there is a rubber seat in the cartridge that is not seated in the groove.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I'll try that. I've messed with these cartridges before (not Pfister), so I think I'll know what I'm doing. Would you recommend I find a diagram online first? And can I try this before I pay the $24?
Expert:  Mike R. replied 10 months ago.
Sorry for the delay. I seem to be having trouble with accessing the chat. There is no time limit so surely no rush for paying at all. There should be a diagram in the manual but surely you can figure it out. It should have a set screw to hold the handle. The base of the cartridge has a thin rubber seat. It fits into a groove and if it is not seated that would surely cause the issue. If it is stretched you may need a new rubber seat and Pfister would send a free one but they are only a couple of bucks at Lowes.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Thanks. Here's hoping I have the right size wrench.
Expert:  Mike R. replied 10 months ago.
Be sure to not use metric allen wrenches.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Expert:  Mike R. replied 10 months ago.
All fixed?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Yes, it's fixed. The rubber seat was fine, but the faucet still didn't work. I took it back to lowe's this morning and got a different brand of faucet, installed it, and now have water (or no water, as the case may be).

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