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bellcatbellcat Senior MemberPosts: 1,999 Senior Member
So I’m decent with home improvement and fixing stuff....but slow. Where do you home fixit pros recommend starting on fixing a leaky faucet on this style of faucet? Like anybody, I want as few steps as possible, so any help is appreciated!
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  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 11,849 Senior Member
    Where is it leaking ?
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  • DrawbarFlatsDrawbarFlats Posts: 788 Senior Member
    edited September 2020 #3
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,735 Senior Member
    Buy a new faucet
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 22,627 Senior Member


    Actually, start with finding out who made it, Delta? Kohler? someone else?

    Then go either online, or to a big box hardware chain and find a "rebuild" kit for that brand and model. 

    Been a LONG time since I've done plumbing repair, but with Delta, there used to be a white, concave "seat" that the ball under that handle sat in. It would get worn and start leaking. 
    From what I've seen on the shelves, Kohler has a completely different system. The ones of theirs I've seen had a long white cylinder. However, I have no clue what model that was for.
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 22,627 Senior Member
    edited September 2020 #6
    In searching, it appears, to me anyway, to be a Delta Leland Single Handle Pull Down Kitchen faucet
    https://www.deltafaucet.com/kitchen/product/978-RB-DST

    If so, here's the part you need
    https://www.deltafaucet.com/parts-product-detail?modelNumber=RP50587#reviewsTab
    And reading the reviews, it has a lifetime warranty, so if you call Delta's customer service, you might just get it at no charge. At least that's what one of the reviews say.

    edited to add: And here's a link to their "Contact Us" page
    https://www.deltafaucet.com/service-parts/contact-us
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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 8,326 Senior Member
    What he said and don't forget to turn off the water first!! :)
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    Big Al1 said:
    What he said and don't forget to turn off the water first!! :)
    Don't ask me how I know that!!
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  • ilove22silove22s Senior Member Posts: 1,477 Senior Member
    knitepoet said:


    Actually, start with finding out who made it, Delta? Kohler? someone else?

    Then go either online, or to a big box hardware chain and find a "rebuild" kit for that brand and model. 

    Been a LONG time since I've done plumbing repair, but with Delta, there used to be a white, concave "seat" that the ball under that handle sat in. It would get worn and start leaking. 
    From what I've seen on the shelves, Kohler has a completely different system. The ones of theirs I've seen had a long white cylinder. However, I have no clue what model that was for.
    mr Plumber...

    this is what i have done, even older 2 handled faucets were similar.

    fwiw, i just installed one similar to the removable head.  its cool.  but wondering how long the tubing will hold out.  

    I think the "seat" that knitepoet speaks of is what you may think of as a "washer", but it could be plastic/nylon or something like that.  

    if you want you can google for youtube vides on your faucet and see if there are any vids available.  To me, its just a horse of a different color when it comes to brand, but i will state, i have not played with every brand either.

    Look for some model/info if you can.  I always keep the manual/sales receipt (now scan them) but have them handy with other house equipment info.  i may keep a hardcopy folder anyway just so that i can find them without looking/searching my hard drive.

    also, if you remove the H/C handle, you maybe able to tighten the mechanism (by hand) and see if that works.   But if someone got to it before you, it maybe worn beyond repair.  Also IIRC, there maybe a spring under it too.

    have fun...




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  • bellcatbellcat Senior Member Posts: 1,999 Senior Member
    Diver43 said:
    Where is it leaking ?
    From the nozzle, great advice everyone....thanks
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  • bellcatbellcat Senior Member Posts: 1,999 Senior Member
    Jayhawker said:
    Buy a new faucet
    Jayhawker said:
    Buy a new faucet
    Cant....retired....fixed income🤣
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  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    I have something similar at home.  Start by taking the handle off and tightening things in there.  That by itself has taken care of leaks for me in the past.  That style faucet really doesn’t wear out but it does work itself loose over time.  Really good design.
  • bellcatbellcat Senior Member Posts: 1,999 Senior Member
    Got er’ done....thanx everyone!
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,023 Senior Member
    well, what did you do?
  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 4,186 Senior Member
    edited October 2020 #15
    For leaks such as this, first try tapping it with a rubber mallet to try to dislodge any crud that might be built up and causing the leak. If it still leaks, whack it with a ball p e e n hammer. That hard water crud can be hard to dislodge sometimes.. If it still continues to leak, smack it with a small sledge hammer. When it leaks worse, go to the hardware store and buy a new faucet, remove the mangled one and install the brand new one. 
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 22,627 Senior Member
    bellcat said:
    Got er’ done....thanx everyone!
    NN said:
    well, what did you do?
    Yeah, what he said
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  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,454 Senior Member
    Youtube it......
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  • bellcatbellcat Senior Member Posts: 1,999 Senior Member
    NN said:
    well, what did you do?
    I had to take out the 2 rubber gaskets and the springs beneath them, and replace another small gasket in handle....$18 and some cussing. Thanks for help!
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 22,627 Senior Member
    Glad you got it fixed.
    Supply side plumbing repairs are ALWAYS preferable to waste side repairs
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,750 Senior Member
    Jay said:
    For leaks such as this, first try tapping it with a rubber mallet to try to dislodge any crud that might be built up and causing the leak. If it still leaks, whack it with a ball p e e n hammer. That hard water crud can be hard to dislodge sometimes.. If it still continues to leak, smack it with a small sledge hammer. When it leaks worse, go to the hardware store and buy a new faucet, remove the mangled one and install the brand new one. 
    ... then smash the old one with the largest BFH you can find...
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,023 Senior Member
    Interesting.

    Glad it worked out.
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    If that gray stuff is what I think it is, then you've got some problems with hard water. That looks like the stuff that plates out from water with minerals in it, and is hell on faucet seals. I get to replace leaky seals about every 10 years due to that stuff.
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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,576 Senior Member
    I've done a lot of plumbing over the years, and the only thing I know about it for sure is any fix will require a minimum of 4 trips to Ace. If you're following a DIY plumber, probably more. 

    2 weeks ago, I decided to fix my wifes slow drain on her bathroom sink, which had been "fixed" before by the previous homeowner. Only once before had I seen such a conglomeration of **** to fix a simple problem. After 3 trips to Ace, I called my BIL (he had possession of most of my plumbing tools...I was going to break the bank replacing them)  but with his extra two hands, most of an afternoon, and 3 more trips to Ace....we got it done. Sheet-rock work was eventually involved.

    What was a "simple fix" turned out to be a knuckle-busting, cussing, expensive endeavor. And that's par for the course. 

    Sometimes I doubt the wisdom of indoor plumbing.

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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    Replacement cartridges that have all required seals run about $30 at Lowes.  Super easy to install and way cheaper than a new faucet.
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 22,627 Senior Member
    Just an FYI if it is a Delta (Those parts look like the repair kit for a "non-DST" kitchen faucet), those have a lifetime warranty too
    https://www.deltafaucet.com/parts-product-detail?modelNumber=RP4993

    Backed by Delta Faucet's Lifetime Limited Warranty

    So if you ever need more contact Delta for free replacement (Or contact them now and have a set on hand when you need them)

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