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How do I fix slow drain brand new plumbing?
The drain pipe may not have been installed correctly - the slope may be wrong, or the pipe may be too small, or you may have too much backpressure, or if you have a septic tank it may be full and need pumping, or any number of other possible problems. You might have another plumber come for an assessment and opinion - make it clear that you don't necessarily intend to hire them to do any WORK, you just want their opinion. Then they won't try to sell you all new plumbing to replace what you just bought...
on Sep 03, 2020
I have a single handle Grohe bathroom faucet and I cannot get the handle to uncouple from the faucet to replace the cartridge. I have removed the set screw.
Corrosion/hard water scale has built up between the slotted shaft and the handle .... "cementing" it in place.
A faucet handle puller may help depending on your design. This video shows how for a 2 faucet sink setup...but your 1 faucet handle should be similar. The puller will ONLY work though if you can access the end of the slotted shaft to get leverage from. Can you remove an end cap from the handle to access the shaft? ...
If the puller will not work ....
You could try penetrating oil (if you can get the oil to the corrosion) ... or if your handle is metal, cover it with a wash cloth to prevent marring and tap with a brad hammer. Sometimes that breaks the corrosion bond.
You could also try heat/cold/heat/cold by heating with a hair dryer followed by a bag of ice water and then repeat. The temperature cycling might help.
In a real pinch ... but you have to VERY careful ... use a pry bar between the escutcheon plate and the handle...go slow .... use cloth protection to prevent marring ... move the pry bar around and rock it....say at 12, 3, 6, 9 o'clock positions around the handle
AND .... when you are successful ... when you reinstall ... put some silicon plumbing grease on the shaft to prevent future corrosion!
on Feb 06, 2019
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