• In this video, This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey fixes a faulty sprayer hose.

    1. Turn off both the hot- and cold-water valves underneath the kitchen sink.
    2. Drape a cotton cloth over the diverter cap, then twist off the cap with pliers.
    3. Stuff the cloth into sink drain to prevent dropped parts from going down the drain.
    4. Use a quarter to loosen the diverter valve.
    5. Pull the old diverter and rubber gasket from the faucet.
    6. Thread the new diverter into the faucet. Tighten using the quarter.
    7. Replace the cap and tighten with pliers.
    8. Turn on the hot- and cold-water valves and test the spray hose.
    • Difficulty: Easy
      No special skills or tools required

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