benjamin. faucet design. February 23rd , 2018.
To disassemble unscrew the setscrew and pull off handle. Tighten the plastic adjusting ring inside the cap by turning it with a special flat adjusting tool-or fit tow screwdrivers into the slots and cross their blades to turn the ring. If your ball-style faucet with this type of cap is leaking from the spout, first try tightening the cap with channel pliers. Still leaking? Disassemble and replace worn/broken parts. Often you need to lift out the ball and replace the rubber seats and springs on both sides of the valve. If the faucet leaks around the spout, replace worn o-rings. Replace rotating ball only if clearly worn.
Are you trying for a vintage antique look, a sleek contemporary look, Old World rustic or something elegant and traditional? Nickel or pewter faucets are perfect for the traditional kitchen, copper or bronze are great for Old World and country style kitchens, and chrome or stainless steel faucets have a very contemporary look.
Once you have the faucet out, replace all rubber washers and o-rings. When replacing washers, check the condition of the metal valve seats inside the faucet body. If the valve seats feel rough, they should be replaced or resurfaced.
The faucets with detachable spray wands have become extremely popular during the last decades. But there is always some doubt whether the pull-out wand will have a snug enough fit into its dock. If the wand does not sit very well, the faucet loses a lot. It can be beautifully designed, but if the spray head does not sit where it should, the whole faucet will look cheap and inferior. That is why the leading manufacturers of kitchen faucets have done their best to secure the wand firmly in its place.