06:51AM | 01/02/05
Member Since: 01/01/05
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A question here from a definate plumbing newbie. We have a pipe that bangs (hot water) when various faucets (sink and shower) are turned off. I have been able to get all of them to stop by replacing cartridges or parts except one. It is the kitchen faucet and the kitchen dishwasher. I can't get to the insides of this faucet. We just moved in awhile ago and it looks as if the previous owners attempted something because the access cover is missing for the faucet and the nut inside is stripped, so I can't get the faucet apart. Since this is now the only faucet that causes the banging, along with the dishwasher, does it sound logical that a new faucet would solve the problem? I just want to try out all options before the wall needs to be opened up and the pipes looked at.

Any advice would be great!




10:42AM | 01/02/05
Mike, that's great that you have been able to eliminate pipe banging by repairing your faucets. It's also a little unusual. We usually need to identify the location of the banging and secure the pipe. Backpressure from turning off a faucet is stronger than supply pressure. It may still be wise to locate the banging and secure the pipe. You can install a return air grill over the hole you may need to cut to access the loose pipe.

Since you have Moen shower faucet you may have a Moen kitchen sink faucet. It does have an access cover like a armored hat that slips off. Then a screw that holds on the lever. There is a nut but it is not often it gets stripped. I presume you mean it turns and turns without coming off instead of just not turning off. If it does move around without loosening then you will have to cut it with a hacksaw and then split it off. The threads on the faucet body may or may not be good.

A new faucet may resolve the banging from the sink faucet but would not cure the banging from the dishwasher valve which is located under the dishwasher.

A better cure would be to secure the pipe.


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