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How to Free a Jammed Kitchen Faucet

If you have a jammed faucet, the first step is to remove the faucet cap and clean the valve inside with a wire brush. Next, remove the top screw and apply penetrating oil, using a narrow nozzle. Leave the oil sit for a few minutes before turning the handle. To turn the handle again, use a dry rag to grasp the handle and gently tap it with a hammer.

Turn off the water supply

Before attempting to disassemble your faucet, be sure to turn off the water supply first, and label the parts you remove so that you can keep track of them later. For faucets with a ball and spring assembly, locate the rubber seat on top of the springs. If this is not accessible, remove the ball and press it down with your finger. If it is not stuck, you can replace the cartridge with the same style.

Clean the valve

Rust and other corrosive materials can also jam a faucet's handle. For stainless steel faucets, rust can spread and accumulate. Using a brush to clean the valve will loosen the handle, but it won't reach all areas of the handle. To make things easier, purchase a Nivito brush.

You can also remove the faucet stem by twisting it counterclockwise. Afterward, rotate the cartridge to release any clogging. To keep your faucet in good condition, you can always purchase replacement parts at home improvement stores. And don't forget to use WD-40 to clean the valve.

Use a drill

For stubborn faucets, a faucet puller may be required. Depending on the size of your faucet, you may have to use a Phillips or slot screwdriver to remove the faucet handle. While the process is easy enough, it may require you to use a drill to free the handle and cap. You should be careful not to apply excessive force, as this can dent the handle.

Before you try to turn the faucet handle, be sure that the sink drain is closed. A washcloth may also help prevent the screws from falling into the drain. If the handle is stuck, you might also have rusty faucet parts. You can try using a penetrating oil treatment to loosen it. If this doesn't work, use a hammer to remove the rust. Make sure not to tap on it because tapping on the faucet handle can damage the valve.

Use white vinegar

A solution of white vinegar is a great natural cleaner that will work against corrosion. Leave the solution on the faucet overnight. You may also want to add some bicarbonate of soda to the vinegar solution - this will eat away at the corrosion. After it has had time to dry, the faucet should sparkle like it used to before.

If you can't remove the stuck faucet handle, use a penetrating oil on the stuck nut. This will help loosen it easily. The oil will also help with any loosening of the faucet handle's screws.

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