Kitchen faucet: did I mess it up?
The water pressure from the kitchen faucet I installed about 5 years ago had lowered to almost a dribble over the years. I determined the part I think is a backflow preventer is bad. Removing it brought the pressure back up to greatness.
This is part of the faucet assembly, located directly under the neck of the spigot, where it attaches where the nut holds it to the sink. It's a small brass tube which threads into the piece into which the hot and cold lines from the separate handles go to the spigot. Top of the tube is pressed into a sheet metal collar that contains pieces that, it appears, are to let water go up to the spigot, but not drain down. I took it apart, thinking it might be clogged, and of course messed it up enough it won't go back together properly...
Am I courting future issues if I just leave that part out? I have no idea what the faucet manufacturer even is (not marked anywhere I can find). Thanks for any insight!