I have a Damixa Morez Mono Kitchen Mixer Tap which has only been installed
for about a year. The neck has become very stiff to move. It is now so bad
that when I try to move it the whole tap unit twists. I am now wary of
trying to move the neck as I am afraid I may break one of the solder joints
under the sink.
I have tried taking out the neck and lubricating the base it sits in with
car grease but this has not worked.
Can anybody help?
I'm not familiar with that brand, but it shouldn't be terribly different
than Delta, Moen, etc. When you remove the neck, feel inside the ring that
fits over the base. See if it feels rough. If it does, it's due to one of
1) Mineral buildup. If you can scrape a little off with your fingernail,
that's what it is. Soak the thing in warm, undiluted white vinegar, taking
out out occasionally to rub off the minerals. Don't use metal scouring pads
to help it off - you might etch the insides of the ring and make it worse. A
medium toothbrush is good for this.
2) Rough metal because of lousy materials or manufacturing. The solution to
this is up to you.
You should've seen one or two O-rings around the base when you removed the
neck. They're cheap, so you may as well replace them as long as you've got
the thing disassembled. Any real hardware store will have them. Delta and
Moen sell rebuild kits for their faucets, but I have no idea about yours.
I've just tried to lift the neck off the bloc to check for mineral deposits
and it seems to have jammed solid. I can twist it if I hold the base of the
tap tightly with one hand but it takes a lot of pressure to move the neck.
If I pull the neck any harder the whole sinktop will separate from the unit.
Could the car grease or a mineral build up cause this? I am now thinking of
ripping the whole tap out and fitting a replacement.
Bren, try moving the tap around an inch or two at a time, and then lifting,
almost as if it were attached with a bayonet-mount sort of arrangement.
Perhaps it's developed some sort of a burr or rough edge that's snagging
If you decide to replace it, shop backwards. In other words, begin by
investigating which brands offer a rebuild kit. Not something you need to
order from the manufacturer, but right there in the plumbing parts area of
the store. I don't know if Moen and Delta are sold there, but if they are,
both companies offer these kits. They consist of the most commonly worn-out
parts, and they're cheap. If you have to jump through flaming hoops to find
parts for the new faucet, you're buying the wrong one. And, since you have
hard water, you *know* your going to have to fiddle with the faucet every
couple of years.
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