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The Four Types of Home Faucets
Types of Faucets and How to Tell Them Apart
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Identifying your faucet type is an essential first step before any repair. This tutorial will give you an overview of the four most common types of faucets used in the home:
  • Ball
  • Disc
  • Cartridge
  • Compression
The first three (ball, disc and cartridge) are all types of "washerless faucets" since they do not use rubber or neoprene washers. The latter (compression) is very much your basic washer faucet. Let's take a look at each type and gain an overview of how they work and how they're different. I'll also provide you links to a repair tutorial for each type.

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