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Old 10-12-2009, 11:07 AM   #1
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Lever faucet loose; poor flow


I have a bathroom lever faucet on which the lever has started functioning poorly.

It is a little wobbly and the flow is very reduced (an identical faucet next to it works fine). It is about 2-3 years old.

Can someone tell me what to do to identify the source of the problem? Everything I find online is about leaking faucets, and this does not leak. It is just not flowing well.



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Old 10-12-2009, 01:39 PM   #2
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IF you are talking about a "single lever" unit, and I bet you are: Some of these units are notorious for having internal parts come loose just enough to let the cartridge rotate to cause this problem. I'm betting it's a Moen . It's really a simple fix: you remove the handle, there is a way, different models have different methods so I cannot tell you how yours is. After removing the handle you will probaly find a type of screw-on ring on top of the cartridge that must align with the cartridge to seat the cartridge properly. These rings usually have two or four slots in them for a special tool to use, I very carefully use the end of a screwdriver and tap the end of the screwdriver to loosen it or tighten it. It's not a part of an bulldozer, so it doesn't have to be extremly tight. Without a model number or picture, that's about the best I can do, I hope this helps. IF you know the manufacturer and/or model number you may be able to Google it for an installation manual which will have this information pertaining to your specific unit. Good Luck, David


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Old 10-12-2009, 02:44 PM   #3
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Yes, it is a single-lever, and it is a Delta. And, ahem, the problem turned out to be much simpler than I was making it out to be.

In fact, it was two separate problems. The screw holding the lever was a little loose, resulting in the loose feel of the lever. The reduced flow was simply a clogged screen.

Tightening the screw and cleaning the screen fixed it up right good.
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