Fixed one faucet leak - gained another. What am I missing?

hearthside_im_all_inApril 20, 2011

Hi folks,

I just replaced the cartridges in my Price Pfister 4-in bathroom faucet to fix a steady drip. The drip is gone, but now when the water is turned on it leaks around the base of the faucet. Do I need to remove the whole thing to replace the base plate/gasket, or is this related to the new cartridges?

Thanks for your help,

Emily

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tim45z10

It has been my experience the new base gaskets are easy to install slightly off kilter and leak. When I replace cartridges now I reuse the old base gasket and save the new just in case.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 2:36AM
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randy427

A little residue from the old gasket or hard water deposit is frequently the culprit. Taking extra care to ensure the mating surfaces are as clean as possible before installing the new gasket is well worth a couple of minutes effort.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 10:00AM
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hearthside_im_all_in

Thanks for the suggestions. I took the handles off again and tightened down the cartridges a bit more, which seems to have helped. Is it possible to overtighten them? It didn't take much to loosen the old ones, so I initially didn't do much more than a half-turn or so past finger-tight. I was able to do at least that when I went back again. The leak seems to have stopped, so I'm thinking I was probably just a ninny. Thanks again!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 5:24PM
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