When it rains it pours! While readying the guest bathroom for an overnight visitor, the faucet handle came right off. I’m pretty handy with a set of tools, so I went about disassembling the handle and unscrewing the back plate to take a look at the cartridge. Unfortunately, everything in our apartment is so old that the cartridge was lodged firmly in place. I threw my back out trying to dislodge the broken cartridge.
Finally, I gave up and called a plumber. Since it was a simple fix (and I had done most of the work already) they were able to get me fixed up in no time. I asked lots of questions – hey I still had to pay the whole fee! – about future repairs. I learned a lot and even picked up a tip on removing the seat valve from a sink faucet.