Kitchen sink woes

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Old 08-23-15, 03:50 PM
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Kitchen sink woes

We have a wonderful, ceramic farm sink! We have struggled with the faucet over the past two years. We recently replaced the compression stems (which had been replaced about two years ago) and seats, and are having difficulty getting them to function properly.

We doubled checked the proper fit of the seats, and used plumbers' grease. We have tried many, MANY amounts of torque on the stems.

The faucets are hard to turn. The hot side still drips, yet doesn't really turn on, despite all sorts of turning.

True, I am no professional - simply a desperate, handy person, both at the end of my knowledge and the end of my first frustration beer!

I am thinking that when the stems were replaced two years ago, the wrong ones were used. I have tried to determine the manufacturer of the faucet, to no avail. Methinks the best bet is to go to proper plumbing supply and simply get a new faucet.

Please advise.

-E
 
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Old 08-23-15, 03:59 PM
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Welcome to the forums! Did you replace the seats again this time? With hard water and deposits, they can wear in time. Did you replace the washers with the same type? Were the originals conical shaped or flat? If flat, try conical washers and make sure they are pointed in the same direction...down. I know it is elementary, but we have to cover all the bases. Loosen your collar nut a little to get the handles to operate a little more smoothly. If they leak out the top, you need to replace the stem packing as well.

I know you meant to say "porcelain", but we knew. I would try to fix this one if possible if it has any sentimental or design purposes. New faucets are nice. I would possibly go with a hook neck high unit with a pull out sprayer in the hook if you do replace it.
 
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Old 08-23-15, 04:14 PM
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A picture would help. Maybe someone has worked on an identical faucet or can identify the manufacturer of yours.

http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...rt-images.html

If the seats and washers were replaced as you say, and the hot will not fully open, it probably was the wrong stems installed. New seats and stems or washers will almost always fix any sealing problems on a valve. The packing can also be a problem, but usually the valves leak from over tightening when shut off and corroded seats.
 
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All seats, washers and gaskets came with the replacement stems and were all replaced. Here is a picture of the sink and faucet. Thank you for your time.

-E

ps. I did indeed mean porcelain. That's what happens after a really good beer!Name:  farm sink.jpg
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Old 08-24-15, 02:34 AM
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I don't think this is a top of the line unit, so replacing it totally would be in order. It may cut into beer money, but I think you are jousting at windmills trying to fix this one.
 
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