More than likely lime/calcium build up. I would attempt to "unscrew" it
(although there are no threads.) This will help break up the build up
inside the body of the faucet. Be firm but not too aggressive. If this
doesn't work - squirt a little bit of vinegar or CLR around the barrel. It
should soften up enough to remove it.
Jim Mc Namara
Thanks, turns out I just needed to pull harder. Now I've installed the new
cartridge and it seems there's a _very_ slow leak around it. Will it tighten
up under water pressure over time or do I still have problems??
Sounds like lime in the valve body. Take the cartridge back out and see if
the valve body (where the cartridge slides in) is clean and smooth. If you
can see deposits, you should try to get rid of them--vinegar or LimeOut, and
maybe scrub with a toothbrush.
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