I’ve never had this happen before. My wife reaches for the kitchen faucet handle to rinse out a glass and when she turns it on the single lever handle comes off. No special effort, nothing apparently breaking, but there is the lever handle in her hand with the water running. The handle is notched so we were able hold it in place on the faucet and turn the water off. It’s been three days now and we’ve become pretty familiar with manipulating the water with the faucet lever broken.
I went to Moen.com and found my faucet under faucet parts and filters. They have a good way to find your faucet by site without knowing the faucet model name or number. It’s a little wizard that asks you questions about your faucet. Once you find your faucet model, you can view an exploded view of the faucet and all the parts. Pretty cool!
I found the exact faucet part I needed on Amazon. It’s a lever handle transition piece. As it turns out, a screw had sheared that holds the handle in place. It sheared so clean it was very difficult to tell that the screw was even there. I wanted to find a discount part so I placed the part number (Moen 100429) and the word Moen in Google search and the search results included a link to Amazon for Moen 100429 Single Handle Faucet Adapter Kit. Wow! What a great deal. The part was less than $4.00. I did’t know that Amazon had faucet parts. While I was there I bought a Moen 1225 Single Lever Replacement Cartridge for a bathroom faucet that is beginning to drip.
I anticipated that I might have to replace the faucet at a cost of $100.00 or more. But, instead of going to Home Depot to look for the part or buy a new faucet, I got everything I need online at Moen.com and Amazon.