Replacing the faucet on the mixer

Is the mixer running? This is fixable! The water-supplying communications of many apartments, to put it mildly, leave much to be desired, to this is also added periodic disconnection of water and testing of pipes, as a result of which dirt gets into our mixers and taps. That she, or rather, the sand eventually becomes the root cause of breakdowns. Unfortunately, these are the realities of our life. And, as practice shows, neither the quality of the product, nor the installation of filters do not save it, but only slightly delay their failure. What to do, what to do if your crane suddenly began to undermine or even run? We will repair it. Now let's look at just such a case: the kitchen faucet began to let in hot water. It was produced by the famous Bulgarian company Vidima, and he fell victim to the sand that had gotten inside. Most often, grains of quartz, getting into the crane-box, grind off its ceramic surface, thereby giving passage to the water!
Replacing the faucet-box on the mixer
We have several ways to solve the problem.

Very simple repair

Let's start with the first one, I would call it “Lucky enough,” and all because there is little to do with obscenity. Just need to turn the valve head from the dripping side in the direction of unscrewing, i.e. anti-clockwise. If it is not tightened tightly, the entire assembly will turn off. In this case, further disassembly and replacement of the damaged part will take very little time. This is how it looks on the example of cold water (we have it on the left).
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Easy replacement

In the following case, we have the following situation: the valve head with the valve and the faucet does not unscrew. In this case, unscrew the top cap (it is on the thread), unscrew the screw with a screwdriver.
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Next, we try to remove the valve from the splines, if necessary, tapping it gently on the bottom, of course, using a non-metallic object for this.
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If everything worked out fine! It only remains to screw the decorative hood and unscrew the crane-axle for itsfurther replacement. Please note that the crane is different in size and shape from different manufacturers, so don’t be in a hurry to get rid of it: it is useful for selecting a new one!

Complete disassembly


Yes, this is exactly what will happen in most cases. So here, everything turned out differently than we would like: in six years of faithful service, where hot water is running (she’s dripping), everything has become completely fixed. Only one option remains: you need to remove and disassemble already in more convenient conditions. Let's start with unscrewing the liner from the pipes. Before this, do not forget to turn off the water! For this we need the adjustable wrench КР-20 or КР-30. A regular wrench will not work, because there is a 25 mm nut (although, in principle, such horn and combined keys are found).
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After this, we remove the mixer from the sink, here we use a tubular (socket) wrench, in this case 12 mm. Unscrewing the nut from the stud, remove the valve by pulling the hoses through the sink hole.
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The next step is to unscrew the liner from the mixer.We produce this by 10 mm key. Replacing the faucet of the axle box on the mixer
Now everything, you can start the basic work. We remove the cap, twist the screw and tap it lightly (now it is much more convenient to do it), remove the valve.
Replacing the faucet of the axle box on the mixer
If it does not want to get down in any way, you can moisten this place WD-40, but it's not worth it: it destroys the gaskets.
Replacing the faucet-box on the mixer
After removing it, unscrew the cap and gain access to the faucet box itself. Most likely, it has become very serious, so we'll have to try to unscrew it. We work again with a swivel key, if necessary, we can gently hold the mixer carefully to protect its chrome surface from damage. After two attempts, we succeeded.
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Now it is up to the small: to find and buy (better, of course, to do this in advance if the exact model and the device of the device are known) new crane axle and put it in place.And then everything is in the reverse order.