How do I replace the stem in my double handle faucet? Part 3

SYNOPSIS

If you have a faucet with double handles, then this video will take you step by step through the process of replacing your stem. Be sure to watch Part 1 to understand stem basics and to find out the tools you will need. If you have a single handle faucet, watch Part 2.

TRANSCRIPT

How do I replace the stem in my double handle faucet?This one’s going to be a fun one. There’s a lot of faucets out here like this, you can save a lot of money by making these simple repairs.So, again, on the top of the handles, you’re going to notice there’s a hot and a cold logo. You’re going to see a rim around there. What it is, is this is just a cap pushed in there. So you can use your fingernail, you can use a butter knife, you know, a razor blade, anything to get underneath there, and you pop these caps off. When I disassemble this faucet, I’m going to keep the right hand parts on my right hand, my left hand on my left hand. So I’m going to set my cap down. I’m going to go over here and take my other cap out. That just exposed two Phillip’s screw heads right down there and that’s what’s going to hold your handle onto your cartridge. So I’m going to grab my Phillip’s screwdriver and I’m going to start on my handle. Now hold onto the handle, and I’m going to loosen my screw. Once I get that screw out, I’m going to take this handle and I’m going to set it right behind this faucet. Go over to the other one, hold onto the handle, undo the screw.Okay, now we’ve just exposed both of our cartridges. Now in the same way with these two, there’s a nut that holds that cartridge down in place. So I’m going to set my screwdriver down, I’m going to move this one out of the way just for a second, down here on these chrome nuts you’re going to have small shoulders, that’s how you’re going to loosen these nuts. So we’re going to go back to the channel locks we’re going to adjust them to the size we need, and then I’m going to take, you’re going to have to use two hands because this one is going to have to hold it right on that shoulder, and I’m going to loosen that up. And then I’m going to come over here, get it onto that shoulder, loosen it up.Alright. Now I’m going to take these nuts off. Okay, now, so you can see, I’m going to start pushing everything out front. What I’ve got, is I’ve got my two chrome nuts. Now the important part is on these stems, their shoulders. These shoulders are either going to be pointed in, or pointed out, so you want to remember which was those are pointed. Sometimes these cartridges can have a lot of calcium and lyme built up around them, and in that case, we’re going to have to use our channel locks. We’re going to put them to the closed position, we’re going to hook onto the top of this part of the stem right here, we’re going to get as much of that stem in the throat of these channel locks as we can, and we’re going to lift straight up. And that’ll help you get it out. Okay, so remember, that shoulder was pointed in, so I’m going to set it out here. Obviously, there would be a sink base in here so you couldn’t set your parts out, but I want you to see a good look of what’s inside this faucet. Same way on this stem, we’re going to hook onto it, we’re going to lift it out, same way, shoulder right here, pointed in, so I’m going to point my shoulder in. Cup and the spring are still in place so I’m going to put my small screwdriver right down through the center of them. Lean it back, and I’m going to pull out the cup and the spring. That’s the part that seals the water to the bottom of the cartridge and allows the water to shut off. So were going to set these over here. And I’m going to show you some things about these products before we put them back in.We’re going to go over here and take out the other cup and the spring. And we are going to set those down in the order that they came out. So when you look into this faucet, this was at the bottom, this was on this, and this was on this. Okay, so a lot of times with these faucets, they’re notorious for clogging right below these springs. It’s a small orifice, you have a lot of water moving through there, you can get a lot of calcium and lyme built up. So the same little screwdriver that you pull out your cups and springs out with, put those down that hole, put it down the hole, and just kind of move it back and forth, it’ll break up that calcium and lyme. Okay, now that we’ve got all of our parts out, we can see what we need, you want to take these in hand down to your Westlake hardware store and they’ll set you up with the genuine replacement parts for your faucet. When you come back to your house, you’re going to want to lay them out just like you took them out. So the first thing you’re going to do is grab hold of one of the springs, you’re going to see it’s cone-shaped, it’s bigger at the bottom than at the top, you’re going to take your cup, which is solid at the top, but dished out at the bottom. You’re going to set that on top of your spring, you’re going to put your small screwdriver back through them, hold those up on your screwdriver, put your screwdriver tip right down in the port where you took them out, jiggle them off your screwdriver, and then just kind of use your finger to push them down into where you go. Same way over here. We take our cup, put it on first, slide your small part of the spring on first, hold it up in the hole, let them drop down, use your finger just to push them down into where they go, and then we’re going to go back to our cartridges. These are our new cartridges, shoulder in. There’s two grooves on the bottom of here, and there’s two grooves built in the faucet. But you want to remember where that shoulder is, was it in or was it out? We know our shoulders were in. So we’re going to put it in, push it down. And the same one on this side. Shoulder was in, we’re going to line up with our cups, our slots in the faucet, we’re going to push it in. Put this over your stem, push down on the stem, make sure it’s seeded in these two slots on each side, hold down on the stem, tighten up your nut. Then we’re going to jump over to this one. We’re going to slide the nut over, take and push down on the stem, tighten up the nut. So then you take your adjustable channel locks again, put it back on the shoulders. Same way with the other faucets, this is just a small snug, maybe a quarter of a turn. Swing the spout out of the way a little bit, and we are going to snug up our final one. Okay. Now we have our handles. When you look at the top of your stem you’re going to have three-quarters round around the stem and a quarter of it flat. On the underside of the handle, you’re going to see in there, it’s going to be three-quarters round, one side flat. So all you got to do is put this handle on here and just kind of turn it until it drops in place. Same thing with this one just kind of put it on there, turn it until it drops in place. Screwdriver. Tighten up the screw. Jump over to the other one. And these screws are coming, they’re bringing the crystal handle and the plastic stem together, so they just need to be snug, do not over tighten these because you can crack your handles. Okay. So now we got the faucet reassembled. You want to make sure that the stems are in the off position, that’s out. On, off. The center cap is going to have an H or a C in it, standing for hot or cold, so you want your faucet handle in the off position, you want to orient the H so it faces forward, push your cap back in. Same way on this one. There’s a C for cold. Put that one back in, push it down.Now you’ve learned to change your stem in your faucet. All you got to do, keep your parts together, take them down to Westlake, they’ll supply you with the parts you’ll need to make the repair, you want to allow about an hour to do these repairs, and it really helps the life of your faucet. You should do this every three to five years, and you’ll get good life out of these quality faucets.

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