The Ultimate Spray Hose Repair Quiz

The Ultimate Spray Hose Repair Quiz
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About This Quiz

Although the thought of fixing your own plumbing may be a little scary, with the right information and relevant tools, many home-plumbing problems can be fixed without calling in a professional. Take this quiz and see how easy some of these repairs are.
Can you disassemble the spray head body and lever?
If you use the proper tools, it can be done.
This unit is sealed and should be replaced.
Since the spray head body and lever are a sealed unit, you cannot disassemble it but must replace the entire unit.
Only a qualified repairperson can disassemble the spray head body.

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If the shutoff valves are closed, which water supply, the cold or the hot, will continue to flow in the spray hose?
hot
cold
neither
Neither, the shutoff valves control the flow of water to both the faucet and spray hose

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What does the aerator do?
increases the flow of water
decreases the flow of water by mixing air with it
The aerator spreads the stream of water into many little droplets, helping to save water and reduce splashing.
prevents air from mixing with the water

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What is one of the common signs indicating that the an aerator needs to be replaced?
increased water flow
steadier stream of water
decreased water flow
Usually you will notice either an uncommonly reduced water flow or water squirting in different directions

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What is one of the likely causes of a clogged aerator?
low water pressure
mineral deposits
Over time, the aerator often gets clogged with sediments and mineral deposits.
increased use of hot water

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Is there anything readily available that can be used to clean mineral deposits on an aerator?
vinegar
Regular household vinegar, which is a diluted acid, can be effective in cleaning mineral deposits on the perforated disk.
oil
coffee

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If you find water dripping off the flexible hose under the sink, what should you check?
See that the faucet is closed.
Check the different hose connections.
This is an indication of a leak in the hose or one of the connections.
Decrease the water pressure.

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What is the easiest way to check for a leak in the hose?
Turn off the water and run your fingers along the hose.
Dry the hose and place newspaper underneath it.
Turn on the water and check under a bright light.
You should be able to see a leak by examining the hose inch by inch under a bright light, while water is flowing.

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Is a diverter valve really necessary?
not unless you use the hot water more than the cold
yes, because it controls the flow of water between the faucet and the spray hose
It is if you want water to flow from both the faucet and the spray hose.
no, because the purity of the water has improved

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If the hose is blocked, how can you clear it?
Disconnect it and leave it in the sun to dry.
Flush it with vinegar.
Insert a length of wire and push it through to the other side.
The best way is probably to use a stiff wire to dislodge any impediments.

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You Got:
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