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Fixing Ball-Type Faucets

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Fixing Ball-Type Faucets

Single-lever ball-type faucets are common on kitchen sinks. When repairing a ball-type faucet, buy an entire repair kit that includes O-rings, a new ball, valve seats and springs, and the special little cam tool you'll need to loosen the faucet cam. It's always a good idea to remove the old faucet ball first so you can take it with you when you buy replacement parts.

6 Steps

  1. Turn Off the Water
  2. Loosen the Faucet Cam
  3. Lift Out the Faucet Cam
  4. Gently Remove Springs and Valve Seats
  5. Cut Off the old O-rings
  1. Insert the New Ball, Cam Washer and Cam
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Turn Off the Water

Step 1

Turn Off the Water

First, turn off the water supply at the shutoff valves. Then loosen the handle setscrew and remove the handle. Underneath you'll find the faucet cap. Remove the cap with water-pump pliers. It's a good idea to wrap the pliers' jaws with masking tape or cloth to protect the cap from scratches or gouges.

Loosen the Faucet Cam

Step 2

Loosen the Faucet Cam

Using the special cam tool included in the faucet repair kit, loosen the faucet cam.

Lift Out the Faucet Cam

Step 3

Lift Out the Faucet Cam

Lift out the faucet cam, the cam washer and the rotating ball.

Gently Remove Springs and Valve Seats

Step 4

Gently Remove Springs and Valve Seats

Reach into the faucet with a screwdriver and gently remove the springs and the neoprene valve seats. Remove the spout by twisting it upward.

Cut Off the old O-rings

Step 5

Cut Off the old O-rings

Use a utility knife to cut off the old O-rings. Coat the new O-rings with heatproof grease and install them around the sides of the faucet cylinder. Reattach the spout, pressing it downward until the collar rests on the plastic slip ring. Install the new springs and valve seats.

Insert the New Ball, Cam Washer and Cam

Step 6

Insert the New Ball, Cam Washer and Cam

Insert the new ball, cam washer and cam. The small lug on the cam should fit into the notch on the faucet body. Screw the cap onto the faucet and attach the handle. Turn water back on.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

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