August 12, 2020 - DIY Plumbing
Then you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll take a look at a few ways to tighten a loose Moen single handle kitchen faucet base and we’ll also show you how to tighten a loose Moen single handle kitchen faucet handle if you need to do that as well.
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A flashlight (or your smartphone)
An adjustable wrench and a basin wrench or needle nose vice grips
A small knife
3/32 inch allen wrench
Before getting started, you’ll want to stop up the drain to make sure that no debris or pieces of anything fall out while you’re tightening your loose Moen kitchen faucet base. Use your drain cover if you have one.
Before you start unscrewing anything, you’ll want to turn off your water first, otherwise you might get soaked pretty quick. For a Moen single handle faucet base, you’ll want to find the hot water valve and the cold water valve. It might be dark under there so you’ll probably want to keep your flashlight handy. Once you find them, you can turn off the water by twisting them counter-clockwise a few times. Don’t worry about tightening them completely.
Next you’ll want to ‘run’ the water by opening the handle of your faucet to release any remaining pressure in the water lines.
With your adjustable wrench and your flashlight, you’ll want to locate the inlet and the water supply lines. You can use the adjustable wrench to pry off the water lines by twisting in a counter-clockwise motion.
With the water supply lines out of the way, you can use the basin wrench to tighten any of the loose nuts that are responsible for attaching the faucet to the base. Then all you have to do is replace the water supply lines and make sure everything works!
Is the handle on your Moen Single Handle Kitchen Faucet also a little loose? We can help with that too.
Clear everything out of the sink before you begin and then get your flashlight out. Just like when fixing the Moen single handle kitchen faucet base, you’ll want to turn off the water supply lines (see Step 3).
There are two main types of Moen Single Handle Kitchen Faucet handle. One will have a setscrew at the end of the base with a recessed hex. The other has a removable, decorative cap on the top.
If your Moen single-handled kitchen faucet is the latter model with the decorative cap, you’ll just need a screwdriver and possibly a pair of pliers to remove it. If it doesn’t, just skip this step.
Next you’ll just have to find the right sized hex head wrench (usually a 3/32 inch allen wrench) and tighten the setscrew in a clockwise direction. Then you just have to reattach the water supply lines and test out your new tightened kitchen faucet handle.
In case reading these instructions didn’t help and you need a little more help removing the cap or finding the screw with the allen wrench, here’s a video of the process you can view on YouTube:
Now that you’ve fixed your loose Moen kitchen faucet handle or base, or maybe both, it’s definitely possible that you’re feeling invigorated and ready to tackle some more projects around the house. We all know a loose faucet or faucet base can be a bit of an annoyance, in this question and answer set, we’ll look at how to stop the wiggling.
“First locate the mounting and loosen the hex nut that holds the clamp to the bottom of the counter top. Put the thread locker on the shaft where the nut and clamp will stop when tight to the counter top then with the faucet base in place tighten the nut to hold the faucet base where you want it , then caulk it to keep in place.”
Next, you might be wondering what to do if you have the opposite problem. If your kitchen handle faucet is too stiff, you may want to try adding some lubricant. So in this question and answer set, we’ll look at how to get that done.
“Remove a swivel-type faucet spout by twisting it back and forth while pulling it up and off the faucet body at the same time. Apply a small amount of silicone faucet grease to the two rubber o-rings on the faucet body, as well as the inside of the spout. Press the spout back into place using a gentle twisting motion.”
It’s that easy! Just remember to run to the hardware store and grab some silicone faucet grease, otherwise you might find yourself having to do the whole process twice!
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