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- Replacing the tap
- Changing the bathroom faucet
- Repair of plumbing in the kitchen
- Video on how to independently repair the crane-axle box
A faucet in a bathroom or kitchen is one of the most important functional elements of every home. But quite often all kinds of troubles occur with him in the form of leaks from various places, even those from which she was not expected at all. At the same time, it is possible to repair the mixer with your own hands. Let's take a look at the typical problems during the repair and replacement of the crane gramboles.
There are several types of mixer breakdowns that can be repaired without replacing the mixer. But this directly depends on its design and the materials from which it is made. There are both high-quality products made of thick metal alloys and imitations for well-known brands on sale, which fail much faster than expected. In this case, only replacing the mixer in the bathroom with your own hands will help. Moreover, it is there that it is most susceptible to breakdowns, because, as a rule, there is a long jib, which very often breaks, collapses or something like that due to carelessness. But, fortunately, the crane consists of functional modules, replacing which, you can avoid buying a new unit. For example, replacing only one tap.
Replacing the tap
To change the faucet in the bathroom, no professional plumbing skills are required. It is enough to have an idea how it is necessary to hold an adjustable or open-end wrench in your hands, and in which direction the tap should be turned. Naturally, before replacing, you must first buy it. But given their huge variety, both in design and in shape, it is advisable to take the old crane box with you and purchase the same one. There are two types of them on sale today:
- screw with rubber gaskets;
To change the crane the axle box will need the following set of tools:
- screwdriver (flat or curly);
- awl, thin screwdriver, or other durable object;
- adjustable wrench or cap.
The first step in repairing the tap is to shut off the water supply. Further, with the help of a thin tool, the decorative plug on the lamb is carefully removed. This is done quite easily and effortlessly. Then the bolt is unscrewed and the wing is removed from the crane shank. At this stage, access was opened for unscrewing the axle box. Using a key, it is unscrewed from the mixer. Next, you need to clean the thread from the old sealant or sealant and wipe it with a dry cloth. Inspect the condition of the edge of the socket where the new valve is installed. When assembling, all actions are performed in the reverse order, but one should not forget about the seal, which is wound around the valve itself along the thread. You don't need much of it here, because there is also a factory gasket included. Each axle box can have a different core thickness, shank shape and thread pitch. All this must be taken into account and remembered when buying a new one.
How to change the valve if it is of the ball type? With this type of device, the technology is slightly different. The first step is to remove the top handle. It can be attached in different ways: from the front or from the top. This requires a hex wrench or screwdriver. Having unscrewed the locking screw with it, the lever can be easily removed upward from the cartridge. Next, you will need a special key to unscrew the old locking mechanism and install a new one. Unfortunately, they cannot be repaired, and with a fairly cheap mixer, it is generally impossible to unscrew them.
Changing the bathroom faucet
Often it is impossible to solve the leakage problem by replacing the tap, and then you have to resort to more extensive work - replacing the entire unit.
How to change the bathroom faucet? The answer to this question is quite simple. But in order to do this, you should have some understanding of its structure and operation. You also need to be smart, because devices from different manufacturers have their own design features. In addition, when installing it, you should be as careful as possible with the chrome-plated brass products.
To replace a bathroom faucet, you will need the following approximate set of tools and parts:
- An adjustable wrench or a pair of keys 24 to 27. It depends on the design of the crane itself.
- New mixer.
With all of the above in stock, you can get to work. Here are the main steps:
- First of all, we shut off the supply of cold and hot water.
- Further, using an adjustable or spanner wrench, unscrew the nuts securing the mixer to the pipes.
- We remove decorative skirts that hide protruding fittings from the wall; they are attached to a special strip.
- The next step is to thoroughly clean the remnants of the old seal from the threaded connection and wind a new one. It can be a fum tape or a sealant.
The tape must be wound along the thread so that it does not bite when screwing back. Also, do not forget about the gaskets that come with the kit. If not, then you should purchase. Silicone ones are quite suitable for these purposes. When tightening the nuts in place, this must be done with the utmost care so as not to damage the decorative coating. You can put a piece of fabric under the key.
Repair of plumbing in the kitchen
The kitchen is a frequently visited place in the house or in the apartment, and therefore the faucet is most susceptible to wear and tear. Do-it-yourself kitchen faucet replacement may be required for two reasons:
- premature wear;
- inconsistency with the new interior.
If the old mixer is out of order, then do not rush to spend money on buying a new one, because there is a chance to repair the tap. Therefore, the question often arises: "How to change the faucet in the kitchen?" But the answer to it is quite simple and is solved by the same method as in the case of the bathroom.
To change the faucet in the kitchen, you will need the same set of tools as in the case of the bathroom. Here, the differences can only be in the design of the mixing unit and in the absence of a hose with a spray. As for practicality, here it is possible to use screw axle boxes with rubber gaskets, and with ceramic inserts. The main thing is that there is a strainer at the water inlet to the housing. It largely prevents all kinds of dirt and rust from getting under the locking inserts and cuffs.
Also, the hose on the mixer just as often fails. Today they are available in two types:
- Rubber with a metal sheath. Less durable and of high quality due to the use of a thin rubber tube.
- Made of thick high pressure rubber. Better quality and more expensive.
To change the hose on the mixer, you must have two open-end wrenches, cuffs, if not included in the kit, and a sealant.
How to change a faucet in the kitchen if the problem is not in the box? To solve the problem, you will need all the same adjustable and spanner wrench, sealant or sealing tape. The difficulty here will be that the mixer is attached to the sink itself. Therefore, in order to unscrew it, you will have to climb under it. Basically, it is attached with a stud and a clamping half ring. By unscrewing the screw and removing the ring, the mixer can be lifted up. But the water supply hoses are still screwed to it. In many mixer models, they can be unscrewed using a 10-11 mm open-end wrench.
When installing a new mixer, you should also use new underwater hoses, because they are mostly disposable and harden and crack after prolonged use.
To replace a faucet in the kitchen, you will also need a sealing tape or sealant, although cuffs are provided in the kit. But the main thing here is not to overdo it, because the sealants are additional insulation, not the main one. Read important information about the hoses that are used to connect the water supply.
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