Faucet (grohe arden?) leak. how do i remove the handle, get to the O ring


A dripping faucet is one of those chores that tend to get pushed to the bottom of the “honey-do” list. It’s not dangerous, like a sparking electrical outlet. It’s not super-annoying, like a Justin Bieber song, or a smoke detector that wants new batteries, and reminds you by chirping loudly every 30 seconds, ALL NIGHT LONG. It might seem a little intimidating, because you have to move the 247 containers of shampoo and conditioner and toilet cleaner and sponges and razor blades and feminine hygiene products from under the sink, so you can shut the water off. You then have to figure out how to take the faucet apart, and then actually go find the right parts and put the stupid thing back together. All this can lead to a decision to just let the leaking bathroom faucet keep on leaking. Deep in your environmentally responsible heart, though, you know that’s the wrong decision, and it’s really a pretty simple fix. Take heart, and follow our simple guide to fix YOUR leaking bathroom...

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DIY faucet repair

Doing your own faucet repair may seem daunting, but once you learn the basics, modern faucets like a Moen faucet repair are fairly easy. In fact, the hardest step to fix a leaky faucet is usually finding the right replacement parts for fixes like a Moen faucet repair. In this article, we’ll tell you how to find replacement parts for something like a Moen kitchen faucet repair and show you how to stop spout drips on the three main types of single-lever faucets: rotary ball, cartridge and ceramic disc. We’re showing kitchen faucets and kitchen faucet repair for a dripping faucet, but you can fix most single-lever bath faucets using the same procedures. We’ll also show you how to stop leaks around the base of the spout and fix leaking faucets.

The tools you’ll need vary a little depending on the faucet you’re repairing. You’ll probably need an Allen wrench to remove the handle. Buy a set of small Allen wrenches, and you’ll be prepared for all kinds of...

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There are four kinds of faucets. Therefore, it is vital to know what kind of faucet a bathroom has before fixing the problem. Use a wrench to loosen the nut. The stem appears after loosening the packing nut. Depending on the faucet type, the stem twists off from the valve or pops right off.

Inspect the O-ring and washer at this point since they can be the cause of the leaking faucet. If the washer has an issue, remove it and put the replacement on the valve seat. The replacements must be an exact fit. A homeowner can seek the help of a plumber to buy the right size of O-rings and washers for his faucet. After making sure everything is intact, reassemble all the faucet parts accordingly and then turn the knob slowly to see if the problem is resolved.

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A leaky faucet is often a simple and quick fix. It usually requires the removal and replacement of a washer or seal. With the right tools and a little knowledge, most homeowners can perform this bathroom or kitchen repair.

Before you begin any leaky faucet repairs, be sure to turn off the water source and gather the necessary tools. Plug the sink drain to prevent the loss of screws or washers down the pipes. Set aside a small towel as a designated area for removed parts, and make sure to have a pile of rags or towels handy. A scrubbing pad and distilled vinegar are useful for removing lime buildup.

Determining the type of faucet is essential in making the proper repairs to a leaky faucet. The four types of bathroom and kitchen faucets are compression, ball-type, ceramic and cartridge. Compression faucets use rubber washers to form a seal. Ball-type, ceramic and cartridge faucets might require the replacement of a seal or the entire faucet unit.

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There is nothing more frustrating than a faucet that, no matter what you do, won’t quite shut off. The annoying little drip – drip – drip is enough to drive anyone insane. Here are some handy little tips to help you fix that faucet, saving water and your sanity.

The first step in fixing a leaky faucet is to determine exactly where the faucet is leaking. Not all faucets leak out of the spout. Yours may be leaking around the base or where the handle attaches to the faucet. If your faucet is leaking anywhere besides out of the spout it’s a good idea to just shut the water off and get ready to tear it apart. Leakage anywhere but the spout indicates an internal problem and will necessitate taking the faucet apart. If your faucet is leaking out of the spout, your fix may be as simple as a loose handle.

First, check all handles and fittings for tightness. If a handle is loose it may not be shutting the internal valve off all the way. Be sure not to overtighen anything. This...

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Before You Start

• Shut off the water under the sink.
• Close the sink drain; cover it with a rag to catch dropped parts.
• Tape the jaws of your wrench with a layer of duct tape to avoid scratching the fixture.
• Establish a place to lay out parts in order of removal.
• Use distilled white vinegar and a soft scouring pad for removing mineral deposits on faucet parts.

Find Your Faucet

There are four kinds of faucets: compression, cartridge (sleeve), ceramic disk, and ball type. Each type is illustrated here. Except for the ball-type faucet, there are two illustrations for each. The less detailed version will identify the kind you have. The more detailed one will help as you make repairs.

A compression faucet relies on rubber washers to seal the valve seat. Rubber washers wear out and must be replaced occasionally. The other types, often called washerless faucets, last longer but they too can develop leaks. When these cartridge,...

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How to Remove shower faucet cartridge? Replace Your Shower Faucet Cartridge and repair your shower faucet is a easy do it yourself task. The process is similar like how to remove kitchen faucet cartridge.

The shower faucet cartridge is the piece of pipe that connects the handle that changes the water supply from tub to shower with the inner valve. If the handles in your shower do not turn the water all the way on or off, the cartridge needs to be replaced.

Step 1 – Prepare the Shower

The cartridge may also need to be replaced if water sprays out of the handle. There are three handles in a typical shower: cold water, hot water, and the shower faucet. Before replacing the faucet cartridge, close the bathtub drain to prevent parts from falling in. Then, turn off the hot and cold water by turning the shut off behind each handle with a flat head screwdriver. Now you are ready to start the process.

Step 2 – Remove Faucet Handle

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Whether it's the cause of water pooling under your sink, or the annoying dripping sound that keeps you up at night, a leaky faucet is a nuisance that could turn into a full-blown problem if not addressed properly. Fortunately, putting a stop to a leaky faucet, such as the compression faucet in your kitchen, can be surprisingly inexpensive and simple.

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Tools you'll need:

• Adjustable wrench; C wrench

• Phillips and/or flat-head screwdriver

• Penetrating oil, such as WD-40 or CRC

• Replacement washers and O-rings

Step 1: Don't make a mess worse by transforming your broken faucet into Old Faithful. Before applying any wrench or screwdriver to your fixture, make sure your water supply is turned off, from the handles over the sink to the knobs underneath that control the water coming in from the main line.

Step 2: Remove any decorative parts of the handle knobs. A simple prying with a flat-head...

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Replacing a leaky shower faucet can prevent larger problems from occurring.

This can cause the faucet to leak, which will waste water, create water stains inside your shower and possibly cause water damage to other areas in your home. In most cases, you can fix a leaking faucet by replacing the worn-out parts. This is a simple plumbing repair task that anyone with basic do-it-yourself skills can perform.

Turn off the water at your home's main supply valve. This valve is typically located in the basement, but if your home doesn't have a basement, it will be on the exterior wall of your home.

Turn on the shower faucet to drain the water in the shower pipes. Turn off the faucet after you've emptied the pipes.

Place a rag over the drain to prevent any small parts from falling into it.

Pry the plastic cap off the handle, using a screwdriver, and then unscrew the screw inside the handle and pull the handle off. If there isn't a plastic cap, remove the...

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i am just trying to remove the mounted faucet in order to replace or fix this one is there some special trick to a removal ? please help

No special trick. Simply pop off the top cover and unscrew the handle,(see image) Good luck, Tom

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I am trying to remove a Moen kitchen faucet that is fastened by a nut in the center with the spray line below it. I cannot remove the spray line in order to remove the faucet. How do I do this?

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This tutorial will show you not only how to remove and install a bathroom faucet (it’s not as hard as you might think!), but it will also show you a way to change from a three-hole faucet to a single. One option for this switch is to use a deck plate, which is included with many faucets. While this tutorial shows a different strategy for what happens with the faucet on top of the countertop (check out this article on creating a faux marble countertop for details), the method of hooking up the water for the plumbing will be the same. Let’s get started.

(You can also check out this tutorial for removing and installing a kitchen sink faucet.)

Start by turning off the water under your bathroom sink. Have a bucket handy, because you will have some water leak out when you go to unhook the hoses.

Turn off both the hot and the cold water valves. Also, while you’re down here, unhook the sink stopper.

Pull the sink stopper out so it’s out of your way. Chances are,...

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Good news and bad news.

I've been a convert to Moen single-handle faucets for quite some time now. They do have a couple of weaknesses however.

That valve cartridge inside can get worn. The brass body's O-rings can wear out, the plastic body's valve rubbers can wear thin. Either can cause leaks, poor hot-cold differentiation, etc.

The steps:

Turn the water supplies off under the sink.

Remove the handle. Might be a hex key, might be a screwdriver. You didn't tell us a model number so I'm not going to guess, and you're right there. You'll figure that part out.

Looking straight down onto the stem, you'll see what looks like a skinny pickle fork poking right through the top of the valve body. Looks like this:
That holds the cartridge down. Just slide it straight out.

Now grab the top of the stem with a pliers or Vise-Grip (my recommendation) and pull. You're trying to break a strong seal...

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