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Bathroom Faucet Questions

Bathroom faucets are available in many colors, styles and sizes to suit the décor of your home. They can have a single handle or be designed with two handles. Besides this, while a few can be mounted on the wall, others are best suited for the sink. Bathroom faucets can be enamel-coated or made of chrome, brass, pewter, gold, bronze, ceramic, antique, platinum and nickel. Depending on what material you choose and which finish you prefer, bathroom faucets can cost anywhere from $35 to $200.

Listed below are a few questions answered by the Experts on issues related to bathroom faucets.

My Kohler bathroom faucet is made of brass with interchangeable handles. I can’t see a snap off cover on top of the handle and usually I would access the screw under the cover to tighten the handle. Is there another way I can tighten it?

In the absence of a set screw at the side of the handle and a button on the top or the side, you would most likely have to turn the handle base to tighten or remove the handle.

In the process of repairing my Moen bathroom faucet model L84721, I took the handle off and then the screw that connects the cartridge to the lever mechanism. I now need to remove the cartridge. How do I do it?

Case details: I attempted to pry the black piece of plastic out. Also tried using channel locks. Nothing worked.

Once you unscrew the piece of plastic, remove the brass pin that slides through the faucet and holds the stem in. Once you do this, the cartridge can be removed. A breakdown of how this happens is shown in the link below: http://www.moen.com/shared/docs/exploded-parts-views/l4721pt.pdf

My bathroom sink faucet has lost so much pressure that the water is just down to a trickle. I can’t find a leak anywhere despite looking under the sink or along the water pipes in the basement. Why is this happening?

It’s possible that your pipes might have a partial blockage. What you would need to do is get the pipes flushed out. Start by cleaning out the aerator and screen that is situated at the end of the faucet. You can do this by unscrewing the screen cap and taking off the screen and aerator. Once you’ve done this, turn the faucet on and let the junk flush out. If it flushes out, clean the screen and put it back. If none of this works, examine the lines carefully by shutting off the valves under the sink and disconnecting the water supply lines from the shut off valves. After this, slowly turn on the valves and see if anything comes out. Again, if this doesn’t work, it’s possible that you might have to replace the valve cartridges.

I finished replacing a cartridge for my Moen bathroom faucet but find that I have water collecting at the base where it attaches to the sink. Why is this happening?

Case details: The faucet has a pull up handle, right is hot, left is cold.

If you have water flowing out from beneath the handle, it is likely that one of the seals of the cartridge may have got damaged when you inserted it. One of the best ways of checking this would be to remove the cartridge, inspect it and then re-insert it. If it looks okay, there is a possibility that the brass internal portion that seats the cartridge might have worn out and cannot seal fully.

Although bathtub faucet handles can be made from different materials, a few basic cleaning tips can keep any handle clean and shiny. To clean them, start by using hot water to rinse the faucet and loosen any grime. Then spray anti-bacterial cleaner over the handles and let it sit for a few minutes. After a while, use a soft cloth or damp sponge to clean the handles properly. A soft-bristled toothbrush can help loosen stubborn spots. Use hot water again to rinse the handles and dry them with a soft cloth to prevent water spotting. Finally, shine the handles using specialty cleaners. For enamel-coated handles, rubbing a freshly-cut lemon should make them shine.

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