Two other things to point out:
1) Once you've rebuilt it once, you can do the next one blindfolded, and
perhaps a little drunk. :-)
2) In areas with hard water, it's not a bad idea to drip some white vinegar
into the area where the ball & washers sit, and scrub away any buildup with
a stiff toothbrush. Otherwise, the grittiness probably shortens the life of
3) On the other hand, it's sometimes beneficial to rebuild often, whether it
needs it or not, especially since it takes what....20 minutes? Sometimes,
seeing these repairs done plays right into womens' nesting instincts, giving
then a very warm feeling. If the kids are somewhere else for the afternoon,
the payoff can be way out of proportion to the time spent doing the repair.
:-) I have unwritten data to back up this theory.
What other posters said about the ball and the two rubber pieces with
springs under them is pretty accurate. You can go to Delta's website and
they have detailed instructions for this with illustrations. If you don't
know your model number, find one by using the pictures. If it looks like
yours, chances are it's built the same way.
The only other thing I would add is that is that if you have a spray hose,
and the water from the faucet does not go off completely when you use it, or
it has little pressure, you might want to replace the diverter too once you
have everything apart. It's cheap and you've already done the labor by
taking everything else apart. Once the faucet itself is lifted up, the
diverter just pulls out from the front.
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