Kitchen Faucet Handle Rotates 360 Degrees

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Old 01-08-09, 10:49 AM
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Kitchen Faucet Handle Rotates 360 Degrees

Recently, I removed the stems in my kitchen faucet to replace the o-ring and the seat. The cold water went smooth. The hot water, not so smooth. When replacing the plastic handle, a piece inside the handle that wraps around the stem broke. I found a replacement at the hardware store. Now, the hot water handle rotates 360 degrees. There is no stop. You have to feel for where to stop turning to turn the hot water off, and to stop it at a point where it doesnít leak.

What would cause this to happen?

A photo just before I cleaned it up and put it back together.

 
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The handle is probably a generic replacement type. It should have a tab that hits the raised portion of the cartridge at the off and full on positions.

Either that or it is not fitting down far enough on the shaft of the cartridge to hit the stops.

Compare the depth of the shaft holes and placement of the tab to the old handle, I'll bet they are not identical.

The cartridge has no internal stops, you could turn it 360 degrees with a pair of pliers.
 
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That was it. After reading your reply, I went and pushed down on the handle, and it dropped down a bit, which left room for the screw that holds the handle on to be tightened more. It works fine now. I thought Iíd pushed harder than I felt I should when I installed it, as it was a tight fit, and I didnít want to break the new handle. Thank you very much. Beer 4U2
 
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Yer very welcome, glad it was that simple.
 
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I never thought anything related to plumbing could be that simple. Thanks again.
 
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