ryan is this what your talking about???
if so the center piece of this assembly is usually made up of 2 pieces
a disc with a hole sometimes it brass some are plastic
and the other side has numerous holes its always plastic.
seperated those two and tap against a hard surface rinse it being careful not to drop into the sink.
you might have to use a needle or pick to get all the crud out of the
note how the retainer rings go in when you disassemble
theres one that the screen fits in and maybe one on top of screen to hold the center assembly in place.
kieth may be too busy in the cookie thread or his gabbagail thread and forgot about this one LOL
Ryan, I'm only on during the day.
If thats the part it's called an aeriator. You can find new ones at most stores. Take the old one with you I stock 18 different types/sizes. They're real cheap to replace. If you buy new one or repair old one,use a non-petrolleum grease on the threads to make it easier to remove next time.
If you're just cleaning the aeriator water turn off isn't needed. If you're taking apart the entire faucet, by all means cut off water and "burb" the remaining pressure first.
If that isn't the right part, let me know.
I would like to throw my hat in also. I will leave the plumbing up to Keith because he for sure knows what he is talking about. I have over 37 years of wood working, house building, repairs, cabinets, furniture and so forth. I will be glad to help anyone I can.
I do appreciate the offers of help! I have a bad case of knowitallitis, (they based Tim the Toolman on me)LOL but one thing I can do.
If anyone needs someone to show them how to spead organically processed grass and grain (politically correct term)
Give me a ring, as they say! I'M FULL OF IT!
Not quite on the aeriator that is just the tip of it I want to dissassemble the whole thing and clean it out. When moving it from side to side its kind of sticky like from dirt being in it. Would it be better for me to just buy a whole new assembly or clean it.
Ryan, itf it's a single handle Kohler, then yea it's worth rebuilding. Turn off water, remove the handle, then remove the bonnet nut underneath. If it's the faucet I'm thinking of, the spout will then pull straight up and you'll a set of O-rings around central body. Check here for;
1 torn or worn O-rings
2 lack of lube(non-petrolium based)
3 any grit or debris
Any of the above will have effects on the swiveling of the spout.
I'll see if I have a pic of it.
it'll be hard to tell if O-rings are bad/good by just lookin. If it were me and the rest of faucet is in good shape,go ahead and replace them.
The lube is commanly called;
or any non -petrolium based lube. Just a thin,light coating is enough. The lube is to ensure the spout slides over O-rings instead of rolling/tearing them.
Kohlers are good products,just expensive to buy/maintain.
Since Keith asked for me to post some pictures of my past work here are three pictures. I am glad you like the other pictures Keith, thank you for the compliment and thank you so much for your help with the kitchen faucets.
I will be more than happy to help anyone I can with woodworking/home problem related questions.