In my kitchen, the cold water handle leaks. This isn't the strange part.
What is strange is when I turn the hot water handle, the cold water handle
leaks! I turned off the cold water valve and the cold water handle stilled
I'm found a lot of online resources for repairing a leak, but not a leak at
the opposite handle. Anyone know what could be causing the cold water
handle to leak when the hot water handle is turned? The kitchen faucet is a
plain chrome "WAGNER" faucet.
Both need to be repaired.
When you turn the hot water on, water goes back towards the cold handle
causing the leak. I'm not familiar with that brand, but get whatever repair
kit is needed and replace both sides.
Don't waste your time on repairs. Few stores will have repair parts
for off brand plumbing. Get a new faucet set at any box store and new
supply lines while you're at it. Odds are this what you will wind up
doing anyway. Best are Kohler, Delta, Moen. Peerless is so-so.
Thanks for the tip Joe. I don't like the current faucet and was thinking of
changing it. I just didn't know if a new faucet would come with the valve
parts or if I would need to repair them first. From what you say, it does.
I'm heading out to the hardware store and see what I can find.
Once I was at the hardware store, I couldn't resist the temptation to try to
repair the faucet. I'm trying to learn to do some of the minor repairs
Well, Joe, turns out you were right. I did find a Moen repair kit for a
Waltec (http://www.moencarded.ca/cgi-bin/upc.cgi?026508915394 ) for $3 CDN.
I bought the repair kit and two stem valves (hot and cold) ($8 each), but I
guess the model of my faucet is too old. Neither the washers, o-rings, etc
fit on the existing stem valves nor did the stem valves actually fit. Looks
like I will need to do as you recommended and replace the whole thing.
When I tried to replacing the stem valves, the threaded part couldn't make a
connection to the housing because the washer was in the way. I guess with a
new faucet, the housing will also be replaced or does that get replaced
when I change the supply lines? Also, I have plastic piping for the supply
lines. Is that good enough or should I get those bendable, mesh tubing?
Sorry I'm not using the right terminology, I'm still very much a noob at
Faucet sets commonly come with all the pieces you need for a neat
assembly.There will be a top housing covering the valve bodies and
outlet and underneath, the threaded input stubs will use large
washers and retaining nuts...very straightforward. The flex lines can
be mesh reinforced plastic or stainless steel braid reinforced. The
latter are probably more reliable for hot water lines. On end of the
flex line will connect directly to the faucet input stub. The other
will usually have a fitting that screws onto a 1/2" male NPT. That may
already be part of you plumbing inputs. Just be sure to buy the right
length flex line. Too long is untidy and you already know what too
short is. HTH
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