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fixing faucets - are replacement o-rings enough?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: March 02, 2020 09:33AM
My house has a selection of leaky faucets that I'd like to attend to. I suspect they were last serviced about 30 years ago, if that. I've disassembled and reassembled a couple of them and have been pleased with the improvement of function but I'm seeing leaks from the individual faucet handles and sometimes a very slow drip from the faucet itself. We have hard water so a slow drip means hard water build up.

I could replace the cartridges at $15-20 a pop - eight would need replacing. However we'd prefer to throw away all these faucets once we have the funds to redo the respective bathrooms.

This appears to be the cartridge in question - [www.homedepot.com]

but I'm tempted to get a set of o-rings - [www.amazon.com]


Thoughts?



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Re: fixing faucets - are replacement o-rings enough?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 02, 2020 09:43AM
.....be aware that some woman.....will fake the o-rings........



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Re: fixing faucets - are replacement o-rings enough?
Posted by: MikeF
Date: March 02, 2020 09:48AM
If you're just going to toss them in the near future, go with the o-rings. Harbor Freight/Home Depot/Lowes probably all have a pack of assorted o-rings.
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Re: fixing faucets - are replacement o-rings enough?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: March 02, 2020 09:58AM
Try the o rings, that will probably work, at least for a while, and especially if you'll just yank them out soon. But I'll suggest that you buy a set of o-rings from a reliable source, as chasing down the individual pieces will drive you mad.
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Re: fixing faucets - are replacement o-rings enough?
Posted by: Bernie
Date: March 02, 2020 10:23AM
If you like them

Keep them




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Re: fixing faucets - are replacement o-rings enough?
Posted by: Carm
Date: March 02, 2020 11:20AM
If the internal seal is ok, then yeah replacing the o-rings will work. Descale everything first and buy silicone lube for the o-rings. I use white vinegar from Costco (I don’t dilute it more than it already is), for really crusty stuff, I’d use a splash of pool acid with a quick rinse.
Regarding hard water: I was at my in laws cleaning out their clogged sink drain, noticed a lot of calcium on their faucet. They redid the counters/under mount sinks/faucets about three years ago. I guess their water is really hard. [drive.google.com]
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Re: fixing faucets - are replacement o-rings enough?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: March 02, 2020 11:30AM
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Carm
They redid the counters/under mount sinks/faucets about three years ago. I guess their water is really hard. [drive.google.com]

That was my starting point. Ended up replacing a number of aerators.

Its not so the water as lack of maintenance.



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Re: fixing faucets - are replacement o-rings enough?
Posted by: Kraniac
Date: March 02, 2020 11:49AM
i'd go to a decent plumbing supply with all those internals and see if they can zone you in on good, proper rings and washers...as mentioned above...getting all the right ones can be a nutty, painful experience...getting a multi washer kit? yea..sometimes, your's aren't on it..
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Re: fixing faucets - are replacement o-rings enough?
Posted by: Carm
Date: March 02, 2020 11:59AM
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mattkime
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Carm
They redid the counters/under mount sinks/faucets about three years ago. I guess their water is really hard. [drive.google.com]

That was my starting point. Ended up replacing a number of aerators.

Its not so the water as lack of maintenance.
Lack of maintenance, by her cleaning lady. She’s there every week.
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Re: fixing faucets - are replacement o-rings enough?
Posted by: Bernie
Date: March 02, 2020 12:20PM
Water softener vs plumbing maintenance?




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Re: fixing faucets - are replacement o-rings enough?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: March 02, 2020 12:30PM
since we're here, our kitchen faucet doesn't leak, but water flows out the spout for a sec after it is shut off.
I don't seem to remember it doing that, but slow changes are hard to remember.
In any case, is that right, or should I look at replacing an O or the like?
I did the cartridges a few years back, they were about 10 yo. Not particularly hard water.
hansgrohe 06648 4 hole.



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Re: fixing faucets - are replacement o-rings enough?
Posted by: davester
Date: March 02, 2020 01:11PM
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Fritz
since we're here, our kitchen faucet doesn't leak, but water flows out the spout for a sec after it is shut off.

That's almost certainly the diverter valve (which sends the water to the sprayer). Usually pretty easy to fix.



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Re: fixing faucets - are replacement o-rings enough?
Posted by: davester
Date: March 02, 2020 01:12PM
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mattkime
My house has a selection of leaky faucets that I'd like to attend to. I suspect they were last serviced about 30 years ago, if that. I've disassembled and reassembled a couple of them and have been pleased with the improvement of function but I'm seeing leaks from the individual faucet handles and sometimes a very slow drip from the faucet itself. We have hard water so a slow drip means hard water build up.

I could replace the cartridges at $15-20 a pop - eight would need replacing. However we'd prefer to throw away all these faucets once we have the funds to redo the respective bathrooms.

This appears to be the cartridge in question - [www.homedepot.com]

but I'm tempted to get a set of o-rings - [www.amazon.com]


Thoughts?

I'd do the o-rings. Chicago Faucets are probably much higher quality than the garbage you're likely to get when remodelling. You sure you want to throw those away?



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: fixing faucets - are replacement o-rings enough?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 02, 2020 01:12PM
....can you try multiple 0(s)........................................................................rings.....???



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Re: fixing faucets - are replacement o-rings enough?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: March 02, 2020 01:58PM
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davester
Chicago Faucets are probably much higher quality than the garbage you're likely to get when remodelling.

We have a policy of buying only high quality garbage.
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Re: fixing faucets - are replacement o-rings enough?
Posted by: JPK
Date: March 02, 2020 04:24PM
CLR us your friend here. Soak the cartridges and everything you can in it and descale everything first.

JPK
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Re: fixing faucets - are replacement o-rings enough?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: March 03, 2020 11:16AM
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davester
That's almost certainly the diverter valve (which sends the water to the sprayer). Usually pretty easy to fix.

as it turns out, seems to be the hot and cold cartridges.
I though they were only a couple years old, but turns out, 6.5 years.
Seems about right based on the 2007 install.



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