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    I am renovating an old Delta 'single lever waterfall faucet' 26964. I wanted to clean the lever part which had corrosion, and replace the sprayer. Now both parts have issues:

    1. The base of the faucet lever assembly leaks when the faucet is in the fully open position. If I close it a little, about a centimeter, it stops leaking.
    2. Water is not fully diverted to the sprayer. It's about 50/50 with the faucet now. Used to be that all the water would go to the sprayer when it was on.

    The sprayer is not quick release but has a nut on it that threads onto the sink pipe. While I was turning it my wrench slipped and bumped one of the other copper tubes leading into to the faucet. I don't see any leaks but maybe that caused a problem? (at this point I stopped and decided to leave the sprayer alone for now)

    For cleaning purposes, I also removed the faucet 'lever' handle -has a hex nut at the base of the handle that allows this- . This removes the lever from the 'ball joint' part. Scrubbed it with vinegar to get off mineral deposits, rinsed, and reassembled.

    I'm not sure which problem (water diversion versus faucet leak) was caused by which action (bumping the pipe versus removing/cleaning the faucet handle).

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    New faucet time
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    Most of the sealing parts in the Delta faucet are readily available and fairly cheap. But, if the thing no longer looks good, it's time for replacement. Best thing to do is to call Delta...they may send you the parts for free, and possibly replace the whole thing if you are the original owner. If it is so pitted that new seals still allow it to leak, or quickly destroy them, agreed, it's time to replace the thing.
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    I'm not the original owner. I already bought a new spout and sprayer ($108.00). The rest looks ok, aside from whatever I knocked loose (or busted) it just needs cleaning, but the handle assembly is pretty complex (ball joint, springs, two inlet nipples, two outlet nipples, diverter assembly, and of course a bunch of gaskets and things). I don't know what is broken in there so I'll probably need to buy everything. The outer cosmetic parts are the most expensive so maybe if I can get them clean (green mineral deposits) it will save some $$. Someone told me to use vinegar, and that works somewhat.

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    Take your parts back and buy a new one, that will save more $ than trying to fix that one.

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    Yes, replacing with a newer model (this one is discontinued so parts need to be mail ordered) would likely be less expensive if I can find one that has similar hookups (or some kind of adapters and hoses to re-route the intake/output lines).

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