Archive for September 14th, 2010
When I replaced the kitchen counter & installed a new sink, I added a soap dispenser, mostly because the stainless steel sink had three holes that needed filling. After nigh onto a decade, the dispenser pump is now getting sticky: difficult to push down and reluctant to pop up.
The problem seemed to be that the O-ring wasn’t sliding nicely along the internal bore.
The catch is that both ends have ball check valves, so you can’t just squirt lube into the bore. I tried prying the thing apart, but the snap-together cap has a really aggressive closure.
So I shoved the exit valve ball (on the left of the picture) out of the way with a pin punch, wedged it into the end of the spring, and squirted the least amount of silicone lube I could manage into the pump. A bit of fiddling un-wedged the ball and got it back in position.
The pump works fine now, but I have my doubts as to how long the lube will last with continuous exposure to soap and constant sliding.
The thing probably needs a new O-ring and I’m certain of two facts:
- Getting the pump apart will wreck it
- The O-ring isn’t a standard size