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Cleaning and Installing Screen Washers


How to replace or clean the screen filter washer between a hose and a wand sprayer.

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Styles of faucets vary, this process applies to Top Handle with Sprayer Faucets and Sidemount Handle: Pulldown Wand.

Good Stream

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Obstructed Stream

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  1. Gently pull the wand (#1) out from the faucet body (#4) as far as the hose (#3) will allow. To prevent the hose (#3) from accidentally retracting back into the faucet body (#4), tie a cloth around the hose (#3). Place the sink strainer or a towel in the sink to cover the drain to prevent losing the washer (#2) down the drain.
  2. While holding the metal or black non-metallic coupling (#3) steady, use your hand to unscrew the spray wand (#1).
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  1. Remove the screen washer (#1) which will be located in inside the hose's (#3) coupling or the threaded end of the spray wand (#1).
  2. Hold the screen washer (#2 ) under the hose (#3) and turn the water on. Rinse away any debris the might have built up on the screen washer (#2). Note: When running water through the hose (#3) without the screen washer (#2) in place, the flow of water should be fairly strong. If there is little or no water from the hose (#3), then it is possible there is an obstruction further back in the system.


  1. Place the screen washer (#2) into the spray wand (#1). If there was a separate O-ring (#2), place this in on top of the screen washer (#2).
  2. Hand-tighten the hose (#3) to the spray wand (#1). Then, using the pliers on the hose (#3) coupling, turn 1/8 of a turn. Turn the faucet on and inspect the connection for leaks. If there is a leak, tighten the connection another 1/8 of a turn.
  3. Remove the towel from the hose and set the wand into the receptor.

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