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Old 05-17-2012, 12:37 PM   #1
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I am not sure which one to buy or what to do yet until I figure out this style of faucet. In the red circle is where the leak comes from when turned on. It's been doing this for three years now and I do not know if I need to cut it and put a new faucet or if I can guy it and replace parts inside? Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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Old 05-17-2012, 12:44 PM   #2
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that looks to me like a backflow prevention device. some of them you can rebuild, but the last one i bought at lowe's was about 6 bucks. that was a couple years ago. Any big box store should have them, and ace hardware or any plumbing supply place. It just screws on your faucet like a garden hose does. No need to replace the entire faucet.

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Is this something that I must have? Can I remove it by unscrewing counter-clockwise and bringing it to the store with me? Thanks for the quick response!
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Is this something that I must have? Can I remove it by unscrewing counter-clockwise and bringing it to the store with me? Thanks for the quick response!
some places require it. around here they don't, but i have one on a public pool and the health department requires it there. I don't have any of them on my home. It may be a requirement now for new homes, i don't know.

A pair of channel locks or large pliers should take it right off (yes, counterclockwise). Some have a set screw in them which may need to be loosened first. (it looks like yours does, the little round thing at the top left of your red circle).
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yes, be very careful with the set screw. i tried to channel lock mine off when it started leaking and i messed up the threads on the faucet somewhat before i figured out why it was so hard to turn. looks like your set screw was mashed once they put it on, i hate how plumbers do this, cause they will eventually leak and it will eventually have to be replaced. anyway, what you can do, which is what i did, is get a hacksaw and take your time and saw a channel in the mashed set screw so you can get a screwdriver on it and take it out. it's a real pain, and on the replacement you won't have the problem of the mashed set screw.
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yes, be very careful with the set screw. i tried to channel lock mine off when it started leaking and i messed up the threads on the faucet somewhat before i figured out why it was so hard to turn. looks like your set screw was mashed once they put it on, i hate how plumbers do this, cause they will eventually leak and it will eventually have to be replaced. anyway, what you can do, which is what i did, is get a hacksaw and take your time and saw a channel in the mashed set screw so you can get a screwdriver on it and take it out. it's a real pain, and on the replacement you won't have the problem of the mashed set screw.
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Thanks all.

Instead of a hacksaw to notch the smashed screw, can I just drill it out?
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Some of the backflow preventors have a screw which breaks off (intentionally) when it's over tightened. If you drill it out, do it very carefully.
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Yes...vacuum breaker. We plumbers dont "mash" the set screw in there. That set screw is designed to break off so people dont remove the vacuum breaker. Yes, like any mechanical device it will eventually fail. However, vacuum breakers are essential in keeping the potable water supply safe.
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Try a left hand drill bit to drill the set screw. If you're lucky, it may bite and remove the screw before it drills a hole.

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