derbyan. faucet design. February 22nd , 2018.
Of all the fixtures and appliances the kitchen faucet is probably the one we use the most. According to faucet manufacturer KWC, the average family uses the kitchen faucet more than 40 times a day. Whether it′s hand washing, rinsing off dishes, filling a pasta pot or washing vegetables, the kitchen faucet gets a real workout every day. So when it′s time to buy a new faucet you need to know how to choose one that will do it′s job and will keep doing it for years to come. But, not to worry, this guide should take much of the fear and loathing out of selecting a new faucet.
To disassemble unscrew the bonnet from the faucet, using slip-joint pliers. Remove the valve stem, keeping in mind this has reverse threads, so unscrew it by turning it clockwise. Older compression faucets may have corroded handles that can be difficult to remove. Most hardware stores and rental centers have a specialty tool called a Handle Puller which makes the job easier.
Faucet manufacturers make several types of replacement kits for ball-type faucets; some kits have only the springs and neoprene valve seats, while better kits also have the cam and cam washer.
But do these fears have substance? Haven′t the engineers and designers of the best touch sensitive kitchen faucets anticipated these situations? Do we still have to deny ourselves the liberating feeling of operation with a touch and choose a more basic faucet only because we are not sure it will live up to the expectations?