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When our bathroom spigot started dripping a little, we were slightly nervous. When it started dripping a lot, we got anxious.
After all, we do not yet have a good relationship with a plumber.
That said, we have some minor D-I-Y capability here, so the hunt was on.
First, we decided that we would get a fancy replacement. You know, modernize the whole thing. When we dug the pieces out of the box, not only was something missing in the box (the silver faceplate), but taking a look at the shower area again made us realize that it was likely to be beyond our skills as well. So we took it back and went hunting for a replacement.
Turns out that there are hardly any replacements for units like the Waltec, that just come straight out of the wall as a bath spigot. Well, at least not in Rona. Has there been so much modernization that this style is just hardly ever sold any more?
It turns out that there were a couple of modern Waltec models available in the store, only one of which covered the same sort of area: Delta's Waltec 14F525 (less elegant a name, I must say). So, my wife cracked open the box today, and proceeded on a plumbing adventure.
Oh boy, you'll be treated to more of my horrible hand drawings now!
No instructions ever come with these boxes, so I was very glad that a thorough search on Waltec 12s came found someone's (rmcouat) very good advice.
So here we pass it on in graphical form. It's a little less difficult than we had imagined, but it's certainly nerve-wracking and a little bit disgusting (isn't all maintenance plumbing? :) ) if you've never done it before.
Disassembling the main unit:
#1: Remove faucet covers and unscrew
Surprisingly, the 'hot' and 'cold' plastic covers in the center of the taps will pop off with a flat-head screwdriver or a kitchen knife. You then unscrew the screw until it comes out.
#2: Pull faucet handles straight out
The hot and cold handles themselves should now have nothing holding them in, and should slide directly out with a good tug.
#3: Remove end of the plunger
It should twist off counter-clockwise.
#4: Unscrew chrome rings
These rings are under the taps, and they do make it look as though they are part of the whole assembly, but they are not; they are keeping the whole faucet assembly on there. If they don't come off by twisting them counter-clockwise by hand, you may need a big wrench to help get it started (as we did).
#5: Pull the whole assembly out
Sometimes, there is some silicone or maybe even adhesive holding things to the wall. You may need to scrape this away a little. Otherwise, you should now be able to yank the whole metallic-looking section off, leaving just what is referred to as the faucet "cartridge".
#6: Undo nuts
The whole "lefty-loosy-righty-tighty" rule might have you think that you ought to rotate the nuts counterclockwise like everything else, but this is now from the point of view of the pipes. Rotate them clockwise before you start wondering why you're cranking so hard.
#7: Pull cartridge straight out
There you go!
Now one thing we would have liked to do, but could not figure out how, is how to actually remove the nuts, so that we could replace them with the shiny new ones that came with the box. This, we were unable to figure out how to do. *sigh* Maybe next adventure.
Putting in the new unit was pretty much exactly everything in reverse.
No dripping from the faucet any more, though it did run on a little at the shower head (which has since stopped).
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