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    Default Single handle faucet question

    What causes some single handle type faucets to shut almost all the way off when operating?

    Example: Pull the faucet all the way open - good water flow. Release the handle and the handle moves toward the closed position and water flow is reduced accordingly.

    Thanks and have a great day.

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    Default Re: Single handle faucet question

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Cartwright View Post
    What causes some single handle type faucets to shut almost all the way off when operating?

    Example: Pull the faucet all the way open - good water flow. Release the handle and the handle moves toward the closed position and water flow is reduced accordingly.
    JC,

    Not entirely sure. I usually attribute that to wear and suggest replacement of the cartridge/valve stem or any needed repairs by a licensed plumbing contractor.

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    Default Re: Single handle faucet question

    I've seen this a few times before.

    Replace the cartridge or O-rings.
    O-rings cost less but the cartridge is simpler.

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    Default Re: Single handle faucet question

    Cheap, aftermarket cartridges can cause that behavior.


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    Default Re: Single handle faucet question

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Cantrell View Post
    Replace the cartridge or O-rings.
    O-rings cost less but the cartridge is simpler.

    Unless it's a moen. If it's a moen, take the cartridge to the plumbing supply house (not the box stores) and they will exchange it at no charge.


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    Default Re: Single handle faucet question

    Sometimes the lever handle set screw or fastening nut hasn't been tightened sufficiently. As previously mentioned, sometimes it is cartridge related, occasionally a flow restriction before hand such as supply valve(s) not fully opened, kink, etc., sometimes not enough friction such as the moen pull-out/up o-ring issues and plastic cartridges. Sometimes it is the ball/socket or gear interface between underside of lever handle broken or striped plastic, nylon, or pot metal.


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    Thank you for the information. Excellent as always.


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