I am in need of a new kitchen faucet. For over a year now, the hot water in my building will be periodically fouled by some sorta brown gunk that somehow reaches the faucets in the apartments. Strata doesn’t seem to care about this, even after many complaints.

As a result, I’ve had to disassemble the aerators from both my bathroom and kitchen faucets. I then have to clean out the aerators to remove this brown goo and then put them back on. The bathroom once is straightforward but my kitchen faucet has a pull-out wand and removing the aerator there is a bit more tricky. I’ve now removed and re-attached that aerator so many times that I believe I’ve damaged the threads in the wand. What happens now is that if I turn on the faucet at full blast, the aerator will come flying off and the water is no longer directed in an organized fashions and it just sprays everywhere.

I can only turn the aerator onto the thread about two times before it feels like it’s no longer screwed on anymore. As such, it’s not on there as securely as it could be. So unless I want it to come flying off, I have to keep the pressure about half way or less. I can still use the faucet to clean, fill up pots, and everything else, so the situation isn’t critical but it isn’t ideal either.

So as I was typing this, I had a revelation. I only need to replace the spray wand, not the whole faucet. I just looked online and I can get a replacement wand for anywhere between $20-40. I’m not sure why I didn’t think of this earlier. Maybe I didn’t realize they made replacement wands for sale?

Anyways, I’m glad I worked out this problem in real time.

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