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Leaky Moen Kitchen Faucet Repair
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This Instructable hopes to share some of my experience with a leaky Moen kitchen faucet. My hope is that through my experience, if you are ever faced with a similar situation, you will have gained some insight and confidence in fixing this problem as well. I will show you step by step photos as well as my YouTube video which will help guide you through the steps I took (and some of my mistakes). Not all faucets are designed the same way, but the process may be similar and help you even if you have a slightly different faucet.
I’ve included 2 videos (the ones above) and many many photos (below with each step). The first video shows the actual repair as I talk through it, and it is about 30 minutes. The second video is the entire raw footage with some music thrown in. but I make it high-speed for fun to show what is involved (about 5 minutes long). Please give me a Thumbs Up on YouTube if you enjoyed them. Thanks!
The photos (which are on all remaining pages of the instructable) are taken from my previous repair of this sink about 4 years before the current repair. It seems to average about 4 years before I have to replace the parts. I will need to open and clean the parts more regularly to maintain them, as I’m sure that will help prolong the lifespan.
Step 1: Obtain Parts and Tools
One little known secret is that Moen guarantees its parts for life. If you ever have an issue, call up your local country Moen headquarters and after filling out a form and sending them photos of your problem, they will send you the parts. You will need to figure out what faucet you have. There is a feature on their website to let you identify your Moen fixture if you don’t know or obtained it with the house from a previous owner or the builder (like I did). In those cases you will not have a receipt. No worries! Just explain that when filling out your form.
For this job you will need a Philips head ( + ) screwdriver, a Flat-head ( – ) screwdriver, and an adjustable wrench (I use something called a pipe wrench pliers ). You will also need an allen-key (hex) but fortunately it is supplied by Moen (as you will see in the video). Just in case, you should have a set of allen keys around. There is also a small plastic tool that Moen will supply to help you turn your cartridge and loosen the old one so you can remove it, and also line up your new one. I think that’s pretty much all you need.
Go online and download the instructions or schematics. Study them to get a general understanding and read the instructions as well, which go over everything in this Instructable. However, if you don’t understand or get confused by instructions on paper, the video and color photos in this Instructable may help you figure things out better.
Don’t forget to TURN OFF the WATER to your kitchen faucet! I have knobs just under my sink to cut off the water supply. Also, have a roll of paper towel or regular towels to wipe up the mess because as you will see in the video, at some points even though the water is turned off, some residual water in the spout and cartridge will come out and make a mess!