Delta single handle faucet hard to turn after parts replacement

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  1. Norwegianwood

    Norwegianwood New Member

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    I recently replaced the cam and packing, ball and seats/springs in my 10 year old single handle Delta bathroom faucet. It does not leak from the spout anymore but it is much harder to turn and operate the handle. I have played with the adjusting ring. Any ideas? Thanks.
     
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    You could have an "aftermarket" ball which was not made to the company's specifications.
     
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  4. asktom

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    Put some silicone grease on the bottom of the cam washer where it rubs against the ball.
     
  5. Norwegianwood

    Norwegianwood New Member

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    Tom- any specific brand you recommend? Thanks.
     
  6. SteveW

    SteveW DIY Senior Member

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    Like HJ said - did you use a genuine Delta replacement part? Most of the repair kits in the big box stores are not; it does make a difference.
     
  7. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    IF you used the correct parts, you do NOT need to lubricate the seal. In fact, if you got the newest kit, it should have had the new one piece seal, rather than the rubber washer and plastic cam.
     
  8. Norwegianwood

    Norwegianwood New Member

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    Tom,
    The silicone grease did the trick! Thanks all for your help.
    'Wood
     
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