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Kitchen Faucet Leak At Base Of Spout


kitchen faucet o ringsIf your kitchen faucet leaks at the base of the spout when the water is turned on, you likely have some faulty o-rings. On a single-handle faucet, the handle will come off first. There is a screw under the cap which holds the handle to the faucet. Depending on the model, you will likely have to remove a cap nut before you can remove the spout.

Hold the spout with one hand and grab the body with the other. Simultaneously pull up and rotate the spout’s body to lift it up and off of the faucet. You will see two o-rings, one smaller o-ring at the top of the body and another larger o-ring near the bottom.

Remove these o-rings from the grooves they sit it. They may be crusty and difficult to remove. You can try a sharp object like a knife to try to pry it out of the groove, but be careful and don’t scratch the faucet or it may leak permanently.

With the o-rings removed, install new ones in their places. Be careful not to twist them when installing them. You can use plumbing heat grease for this, but I like liquid dishwasher soap. The soap makes the o-rings slide right on. Reassemble the faucet and turn the water back on to test.


Consider a kitchen faucet with a single-lever if your home is one with an open floor plan, or for a traditional style home one with two-levers. 
Posted @ Wednesday, August 10, 2011 12:53 AM by copper fittings
Personally i do agree with copper fittings that single-lever faucets are more convenient with traditional home with open floor plan
Posted @ Thursday, October 13, 2011 12:03 PM by Steve Sladon
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