Please be nice, y'all ;) The faucet for my kitchen sink has a chronic
drip, which isn't good for my water bill (duh!) I know it's an easy
remedy to fix with wrenches (no, I didn't type "wench"!). Problem is, I
easily get "backwards" - OK, call me dyslexic, maybe?! To tighten the
darn faucet, is it opposite the usual "righty-tighty, lefty-loosey"?
TIA and more. Yeah-yeah, I can look at Google and YouTube, but I'd
rather ask here. Bicycle peddles are NOT righty-tighty ;P
PS. I know left from right - but don't take my "word" for it - just go
the way I point! VBG!
PPS. I have the appropriate tools and know how to use them :>
Right-handed threads are really common. To tighten them turn them
clockwise. Your bonnet nuts are certainly righthanded. Note that the stems
may not be since hot and cold taps turn in different directions.
Some kitchen faucets use faucet washers, which
can be replaced. Others use cartridges, or other
technology. Do you have shut offs under the sink,
or do you have to shut off the entire house?
The bicycles I've worked on, one pedal is right,
other is left.
Please tell us more about your kitchen faucet.
One handle or two? Any known brands?
I'm assuming you're talking about supply fittings
and not faucet direction. I've never seen anything
that doesn't tighten clockwise except some propane
fittings. If the link is underneath and you have hoses
you might want to just replace them, especially if
they're the old plastic type. Those sometimes burst.
| Please be nice, y'all ;) The faucet for my kitchen sink has a chronic
| drip, which isn't good for my water bill (duh!) I know it's an easy
| remedy to fix with wrenches (no, I didn't type "wench"!). Problem is, I
| easily get "backwards" - OK, call me dyslexic, maybe?! To tighten the
| darn faucet, is it opposite the usual "righty-tighty, lefty-loosey"?
| TIA and more. Yeah-yeah, I can look at Google and YouTube, but I'd
| rather ask here. Bicycle peddles are NOT righty-tighty ;P
| PS. I know left from right - but don't take my "word" for it - just go
| the way I point! VBG!
| PPS. I have the appropriate tools and know how to use them :>
> The faucet for my kitchen sink has a chronic
You didn't specify if the dripping faucet is a single handle faucet or a
two handle faucet. The responses you got all seem to have assumed it's
a two handle faucet, so I'll presume the same. Maybe clarify this point
in your next response, and let us know who made the faucet. That is, is
it a Moen, a Delta, an American Standard, a Waltec or who, if you can
find the manufacturer's name on the faucet anywhere.
There are some statements in the responses you got that you might find
1. > Right-handed threads are really common. To tighten them turn them
> clockwise. Your bonnet nuts are certainly righthanded. Note that the
> stems may not be since hot and cold taps turn in different directions.
Right hand threads are "common"? Right hand threads are pretty well the
standard. You can count the number of left hand threads you're likely
to encounter in your life on the fingers of one hand. The fingers of
two hands if you're a Maytag washing machine repairman. So far as I
know, the only left hand thread you'll ever encounter in plumbing work
is found on the trip lever of toilet tanks. So, when it comes to
replacing a faucet cartridge, you always remove the cartridge by turning
it counter clockwise when viewed from above, and installing it is the
opposite; turn clockwise when viewed from above. So, righty-tighty,
lefty loosy applies here too. But, and as mentioned, on a lot of
faucets the knobs turn in opposite directions to allow water to flow or
to shut the water off, but you still remove both hot and cold cartridges
from the faucet by turning them counter clockwise when viewed from
2. > In plumbing, it's righty-coldy, lefty-hotty. If you determine whether
What's meant by that first statement is that on faucets, it's the left
handle that controls the hot water and the right handle that controls
the cold water. On a single lever faucet, moving the lever to the left
controls the hot water and moving it to the right controls the cold
water flow. The poster is saying that by feeling the temperature of the
dripping water, you can tell whether it's the hot or cold water
cartridge that's leaking. And, yes, you will need a wrench or some
other tool to turn the hot or cold water cartridge to remove it from the
faucet and fix the drip.
3. > Some kitchen faucets use faucet washers, which can be replaced. Others
> use cartridges, or other technology.
So far as I know, the mechanism that turns the water on or off in ANY
faucet is referred to as a "cartridge". Older faucets had cartridges
that used a rubber disk (called a "washer") that moved toward or away
from a bronze "seat" to control the water flow. Newer faucets use other
methods of controlling the water flow, like the 1225 "CARTRIDGE" in Moen
single lever faucets and the ceramic disk CARTRIDGE in American Standard
faucets. So. it's not incorrect to refer to the control mechanism in
any single or two handle faucet as a "cartridge" regardless of how it
actually operates to control the water flow.
Hope this helps.
That's my understanding as well. Washington needed money and arms to
fight off the English and he sent Benjamin Franklin as an emmisary to
sweettalk the French into supporting the Colonies in their revolution.
The French have had lots of wars with the British over the ages, and
were willing to supply the colonies with arms to fight off the British,
mostly just to annoy them. By all accounts, Benjamin Franklin was quite
the ladies man. And, his being a well rounded scholar and scientist, he
was an interesting person for anyone to talk to. Washington chose his
Someone somewhere told me to turn the faucet that drips on and off
several times hard and rapidly. I do it about 30 or 40 times. Works for
me.I have no idea why. This assumes no washers in the faucet that can be
You know it's time to clean the refrigerator
when something closes the door from the inside.
On Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:49:10 -0400, "David L. Martel"
Between the ages of 8 and 15, I was really annoyed that they called them
right handed. Is the top of it going to the right, or the bottom of it,
I would ask myself.
I finally got over that, but it's good that you use the term clockwise,
which is much clearer. Really, it is. At least if someone is over
Er, my bad. I should have replied many days ago. My only excuse is
I've been distracted. Many thanks and more, folks, for the helpful
suggestions regarding the dripping faucet in my kitchen. I've saved
them for future use and reference.
The kitchen faucet has two knobs (H&C), and it's quite old. Instead of
messing with the hot water's loose knob and fittings, I decided to
replace the entire faucet. Knock on wood, no drip-drips are predicted
for the future of the kitchen sink :> Thanks again.
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