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Ball Faucets

Ball faucets get their name from the little ball that is located inside of them. If you have a few plumbing tools, these faucets should be easy and cheap to repair. Buying a ball faucet plumbing kit may be a wise choice if you aren't used to plumbing repairs. They can save you money and a lot of hassle.

Fixing a Ball Faucet

Follow these steps:

1. Turn off the local water source, which should be located under the sink.
2. Undo the tiny screws on the faucet. This will allow you to remove the handle.
3. You will need to adjust the ring that is fitted just inside the cap. Your kit may come with a special adjusting ring wrench. If not, you can use a bread knife to adjust the ring.

Adjusting this ring may stop the leak. If the faucet is still leaking, follow these steps:

4. Take off the adjusting ring and remove the cap. Take off the outer shell of the faucet, which will allow you to see the faucet's inner parts. Take out all springs and seals, but don't lose them.
5. Remove any dirt or limescale that has jammed up the holes.
6. Remove any old or worn out O-rings and put new ones in.
7. You should now insert new seals into the faucet. They should be the same type as the old ones. You don't have to replace the old springs unless they look like they're in bad shape.
8. Examine the ball in the faucet. If it looks old, get a new one of the same type. Place it in exactly the same position.
9. Put back the cam, spout case and cap. Re-tighten the adjusting ring.
10. Put the handle back on.

 

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