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Jack A. Trades 05-22-2008 03:43 PM

Weak Faucet, Strong Sprayer
I've got one of those $30 lowes kitchen sink faucets, and I'm having a water pressure issue.
Specifically, when I turn on hot or cold, the water flow out of the faucet is extremely weak-like almost unusable.
The sprayer, on the other hand, has excellent pressure.
What do I need to replace/clean/examine to fix this problem?

Ron The Plumber 05-22-2008 06:21 PM

Take the areator off the spout and clean it out, with it off turn the faucet on and see if the flow is strong.

Jack A. Trades 05-22-2008 06:23 PM

Forgot to mention that removing the aerator does not change the flow rate.
I was hoping for an easy fix too.:thumbsup: Thanks.

Ron The Plumber 05-22-2008 06:43 PM

You get what you pay for, buy cheap, get cheap, could be a bad diverter, take it back get something you can have trust in.

Jack A. Trades 05-22-2008 06:48 PM

Well, I don't think I can return it as I have had it for quite a while.
I've just been using the sprayer for everything rather than the faucet.:whistling2:
But, I would like to repair it if possible, and my wife would really like me to repair it.
Can I repair or replace the diverter or troubleshoot the faucet to discover the source of the problem?

Ron The Plumber 05-22-2008 06:49 PM

What brand is this faucet? Picture post would be nice.

Jack A. Trades 05-22-2008 07:09 PM

Here you go. I'm thinking its probably a Glacier Bay faucet, but I can't see a brand name anywhere.
And here is a photo of the weak pressure even with the aerator removed.

Ron The Plumber 05-22-2008 07:11 PM

Take the spout off, the diverter could be under it, remove it and clean it out.

Jack A. Trades 05-22-2008 07:16 PM

Uh, I feel :jester:, but can you give me a hint on how to remove the spout?

Ron The Plumber 05-22-2008 07:17 PM

At the base of spout see it it unscrews, left to loosen.

Jack A. Trades 05-22-2008 07:24 PM

Thanks for your extremely prompt assistance.
I can spin the spout itself all day long and it doesn't unthread.
I put some decent force on the part I circled in red (turning left) and it didn't want to move at all.
What am I missing here?
Also, I removed the water line to the spout, and if I blow air in the top of the spout, I can barely feel it at the water line connection. Is this normal?

Ron The Plumber 05-22-2008 07:36 PM

I tried to locate a parts list for this faucet, and come up empty, maybe others will chime in, if it was me, I'd trash it and get a Moen brand.

Sorry I did not solve your problem.

Jack A. Trades 05-22-2008 07:37 PM

Damn, I completely felt I was on the road to a solution.
Maybe someone else has some ideas.

Alan 05-22-2008 11:39 PM


Originally Posted by Ron The Plumber (Post 125195)
I'd trash it and get a Moen brand.

Agreed. :thumbup:

Sometimes those cheaper faucets just don't have replaceable parts, or even if they do, are not really worth repairing just because of the way they are put together. Moen FTW.

mstplumber 05-23-2008 01:53 PM

I don't want to pile on concerning "cheap" faucets but sometimes the "non mainstream" faucets are difficult to find parts or instructions for. I think Ron is right, it sounds like the diverter is stopped up, and if you can get to it you can probably just clean it and fix your problem.

Are you sure you are trying to turn the spout retaining ring the right way? Most of them loosen by turning them counterclockwise, as you are looking straight down on them. It sure looks like yours should disassemble the same way. Have you tried using one of those rubber pads made for opening jars and a pair of channel locks? You will need to be careful not to scratch the finish, but sometimes that helps. The spout does not have to turn, just the trim piece at the bottom. If you can get that off, the diverter should be under that piece. Just clean it out real good and put everything back together.

If you just can't get it apart you might try taking the faucet off just to make sure it doesn't break down some other way. If you get it off and can't fix it you will already be half way done with replacing it. I also recommend Moen. They cost a little bit more but they are very easy to repair and they are guaranteed forever. Just call their 800 number and they will send you a free replacement part. They also have very good information on their website.

The other option, if you are willing to accept that you might have to do this again in a couple of years, is to just get another inexpensive faucet and use it until it breaks. You never know, it might last for years.

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