Forum Title: I must be the only one!
My family owned rental property for about 50 years. I grew up learning how to do just about anything that needed to be done on these units. We hired out almost nothing. Out of all the work I learned, and after all the plumbing I've done in my life, I can say with certainty that I rarely had to change out valve washers more than every 5 years or so. Probably more! And these were well abused fairly low rent units. So here I am, no longer in the business, just a simple homeowner (Ok we have small "compound" with 9 people and a church we watch over so it's a slightly above average amount of plumbing I still have to do). I have to say I've never had so much trouble as I have since the ceramic cartridges came out. Seriously, as I said, rubber washers took all of 2 minutes to swap out and worked perfectly. Hard water, soft water, etc, no effect. My point in this post is that I'm hoping someone will lead me toward a solution. I have to clean or replace cartridges every few months or I get squeaky and stiff valves. I'd like to hear that one manufacturer is better but I don't have high hopes. I've had to replace the diverter in the kitchen faucet 3 times int eh last 1.5 years. Can't anybody make quality stuff?
Category: Plumber Post By: JACQUELINE LONG (Franklin, TN), 12/13/2016

Quote: Originally Posted by frodo sounds like you have sand/grit in your water. has there been any utility construction in your area? having to clean strainers is a indication of trash in your line. open hose bibs and try to blow out what ever is in there remove aerators and run the water do you have old galvanized water lines? rust find the fire hydrant open it up and let it blow out for about an hour. dont get caught New construction (about 10 years), so no old lines. We don't have hard water and no noticeable sand and grit. I'd kill for NOS faucets! I hate the cartridges. Looks like Chicago faucets have rebuildable valves. Pricey but may be worth it.

- TRACEY QUINN (Georgetown, TX), 09/16/2017

What brand of faucets do you have? Newer stuff just isn't made like they used to. I like Moen, Price Pfister. & Delta. They have been around for awhile, but even some of their new designs are suspect. Spending a lot of money on a high end faucet is not a guarantee you'll have better longevity either. But almost guaranteed that you will have trouble finding parts for it

- BRANDY CROS (Freeport, NY), 09/18/2017

sounds like you have sand/grit in your water. has there been any utility construction in your area? having to clean strainers is a indication of trash in your line. open hose bibs and try to blow out what ever is in there remove aerators and run the water do you have old galvanized water lines? rust find the fire hydrant open it up and let it blow out for about an hour. dont get caught

- DANIEL ANDERSON (San Mateo, CA), 10/04/2017

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