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yummy mummy 09-22-2013 09:50 AM

My leaky faucet....
 
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Wow, I have not been around here in a while, and some things have changed.
Forum looks good.

I have a leaky faucet that is dripping from the back part where the lever is.

I think I need to change the cartridge but I don't know what cartridge and how do I access it? There is a screw underneath. Do I remove the whole thing from there? I am so confused.......lol

Here are some pics of the faucet.

I don't know how to turn the pics around, sorry.....where are my teenagers when you need them.......lol

PoleCat 09-22-2013 09:54 AM

That looks like a plug on the back of the handle. Pry that out and there will be a allen head set screw that holds the handle in place. Depends on the cartridge type, sometimes you can stop a little leak just by tightening the retainer ring a little.

yummy mummy 09-22-2013 10:06 AM

Thanks PoleCat

Its right up against the wall so its hard to see.
What is a retainer ring and where is it?

joecaption 09-22-2013 10:41 AM

It's under the handle, the handle needs to come completely off to get at it.
If you do end up replacing the whole cartridge make sure to shut the supply's off before removing it.
Just take the whole cartridge with you to match it up.

yummy mummy 09-22-2013 10:49 AM

Thanks for your help joecaption. I am going to try and tighten it first as suggested by polecat.
Here I go, allen key in hand.......

yummy mummy 09-22-2013 11:25 AM

I tightened it, and it seems better but still leaking.

How do I remove the whole faucet? Do I need to unscrew the bottom screw and then will the whole thing come off or do I unscrew the handle from the same place that I just tightened?

Thanks for all your help.

gregzoll 09-22-2013 12:12 PM

Then the O-Rings on the Cartridge are bad. You shut off the water underneath in the cabinet, turn the handle, until you get to the plug.

Make sure you have a towel in the sinks, so that you do not lose anything down the drains, while working on it.

Once you get the plug pulled, then you can use an Allen Wrench to loosen the set screw, that holds the handle on. Once you get the handle off, you will need to use a pair of slip-jaw pliers, with tape over the jaws, so that you do not scuff of the Chrome finish, to take the ring that holds the cartridge on, off the unit.

Once you get the ring off, then the Cartridge should come out, and then you can replace with either a new one, or rebuild with new O-Rings, then reverse the process, to place back together.

Looks like an Ikea Faucet to me. If it is something like the Ikea Tarnan, see page 5 of the exploded view, and that would show you how the assembly looks like, under the handle. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/assembly_i...6410-3_pub.pdf

yummy mummy 09-22-2013 01:25 PM

Thanks for your help gregzoll.

It is not an ikea faucet. It's a bathroom sink faucet made in italy. I don't remember the name.

I removed the plug in the back and removed the little screw with the allen key but I can't get the handle off.
Should I remove the screw underneath the sink? Will that help me get the handle off?

gregzoll 09-22-2013 01:59 PM

No, do not remove the screw from underneath, unless you are going to try to use that to allow you, to hold the faucet in between your legs, to place more force in pulling up on the handle.

After a while the handles do "freeze" on the stems, so that is why I put up the exploded diagram, to kind of show how they are placed together. You could try tapping on it at the top, and sides, with a rubber hammer, like this http://www.harborfreight.com/4-in-1-...mer-69093.html or http://www.harborfreight.com/1-lb-ne...mer-41796.html

Once you get the Set screw out, then it should be just knocking it a few times, and tugging on it, to pull it off the stem.

md2lgyk 09-22-2013 02:11 PM

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Originally Posted by yummy mummy (Post 1245082)
It is not an ikea faucet. It's a bathroom sink faucet made in Italy. I don't remember the name.

That may pose a problem. The parts are most likely metric. Based on my experience, you'll be unlikely to find any replacements without knowing the brand name of the faucet. Even then, it's iffy here in the U.S. for metric parts.

yummy mummy 09-22-2013 02:15 PM

Thanks again gregzoll.
You are such a doll for helping me with your great explanations.
Ok, I'm off to tug......

yummy mummy 09-22-2013 08:56 PM

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Well, I did manage to get the handle off, and I got this plastic ring out too, but I can't seem to get anything else out.

Do I need to take that chrome round piece out before the cartridge will come out? Can I clean that ring and put it back? Would that help?

Thanks so much for your help y'all

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TheEplumber 09-22-2013 09:56 PM

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Originally Posted by yummy mummy (Post 1245236)
Well, I did manage to get the handle off, and I got this plastic ring out too, but I can't seem to get anything else out.

Do I need to take that chrome round piece out before the cartridge will come out? Can I clean that ring and put it back? Would that help?

Thanks so much for your help y'all

Looks like that ring needs to come off to pull the cartridge. Should unscrew counter clockwise. Be careful not to scratch it with pliers- some are stubborn.
Make sure the water supply to the faucet is off first.
Also try to identify the manufacturer. It will make locating a replacement easier.

gregzoll 09-22-2013 10:49 PM

Yes, just like the directions that I posted show. It is a Ikea branded faucet, from what I can see so far. Bad thing is, you may as well, go get a good Moen faucet to replace that unit, since everything inside that sucker, is going to be all plastic.

yummy mummy 09-23-2013 08:54 AM

After many swearing sessions :furious:......lol I managed to get that ring out....

Now, do I just continue my swearing sessions and yank the cartridge out? Is it screwed in or do I just pull.

I can't believe how difficult it is to get these cartridges out.
Thanks.


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