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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Plumbing.

In this Badge Bit, you will fix a clean/decalcify a faucet aerator.  (Note that this BB is part of a 6-part choose your own adventure list BB called the Tiny List. You must complete six Badge Bits in the Tiny List.)



Here are some articles on how to clean a faucet aerator:
  - Clearing a Blocked Faucet Aerator
  - How to Clean a Faucet
  - Unclog a Kitchen Faucet Aerator
  - Slow Water From Your Faucet? Clean the Aerator

And here are some videos on cleaning a faucet aerator:






To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - clean/decalcify a faucet aerator

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
  - a before picture of the running faucet with view of the aerator
  - an in progress shot of you cleaning/decalcifying the faucet aerator
  - an after picture of the running faucet with view of the aerator
  - a description of the method (and cleaners, if any) of cleaning
  - OR a 2-minute video of you doing this
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I chose this as my first attempt at the 6-part BB. Here it is.

Here's a before shot of the calcified aerator.



The first step in cleaning our aerator was to rinse off debris from the plumbing. This was caught in the strainer and dumped outside.



After rinsing the aerator and spray wand were soaked in white vinegar to dissolve the buildup. This bag sat in the sink and allowed me to zip up against the hose.



After a long soak the aerator was scrubbed with a stainless steel brush.



I also scrubbed the sprayer with the brush.



A nice clean aerator for the kitchen sink!



A nice clean sprayer as well!

Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this BB complete!

 
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I just took a shot at this one myself.  The faucet wasn't calcified but it was plugged up with debris.  I cleaned it out mainly with water in another sink but also soaked it in hydrogen peroxide just to cover all my bases.  The improvement in flow is hard to see but that's because when it first was noticeable, I rubbed the underside of the aerator which improved it a bunch (but didn't really fix the issue).
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Before (after rubbing aerator with finger to get it decent)
Before (after rubbing aerator with finger to get it decent)
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Gunk on top side of aerator
Gunk on top side of aerator
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Gunk on bottom side
Gunk on bottom side
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Soaking in hydrogen peroxide
Soaking in hydrogen peroxide
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All done!
All done!
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I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete!

 
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Yesterday I was working on a big project (couch repair!) and decided to clean the faucets off as well. Our area has really hard water (usually scores a 15+ in water tests) with lots of calcium deposits from the underlying limestone. I pulled the aerators from the kitchen and master bathroom, as well as the kitchen sink sprayer. Realized there was a BB for doing the shower head as well so decided to do them all together.

Soaked all the pieces in 9% white vinegar for about three hours while I worked on the couch repair. I was able to flake off all the buildup with my nails after the soak, so it worked really well!

Added some rubber gaskets and plumbers tape to the leaky sink tap and it now works wonderfully.

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Kitchen tap before
Kitchen tap before
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Sprayer Before
Sprayer Before
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Sprayer guts
Sprayer guts
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Eeeew
Eeeew
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Kitchen tap aerator, pretty clean filter
Kitchen tap aerator, pretty clean filter
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Bathroom tap before
Bathroom tap before
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Bathroom tap aerator, lots of buildup
Bathroom tap aerator, lots of buildup
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Bathroom tap filter, a bit of stuff
Bathroom tap filter, a bit of stuff
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Bathroom tap aerator, look at all that gunk!!
Bathroom tap aerator, look at all that gunk!!
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Vinegar
Vinegar
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All parts soaking
All parts soaking
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Sprayer after
Sprayer after
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Clean aerators
Clean aerators
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Kitchen Sink
Kitchen Sink
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Bathroom sink
Bathroom sink
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I certify this BB complete! And another air badge for you

 
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Regarding the method I used: after I removed the aerator I sprayed it with vinegar and scrubbed it and the faucet with a toothbrush. Once it was loosened and the larger bits removed I soaked it in vinegar. After the last of the bubbling was done, I scrubbed and rinsed the components before reattaching them.

Postscript: I would never let my faucet get this bad. I did one of the ones at my workplace so the difference would be clear.
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Before
Before
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Work in progress
Work in progress
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Finished
Finished
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I certify this BB complete!

 
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The build up on the faucet was so bad I couldn't get the aerator off! So, if you need me to take it off for this badge, let me know.

I tied a bag full of vinegar to the faucet and let it soak. When I removed the bag, I scrubbed the aerator with a brush.
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Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this BB complete! If you do want to get it off, use something like a thin leather glove to protect it as you grab it with pliers and unscrew it.

 
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I used the "take the aerator off and dunk it in pure vinegar for twenty minutes" method.
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Before
Before
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Removal
Removal
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Who's been putting rocks in the plumbing again?!
Who's been putting rocks in the plumbing again?!
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Dunked
Dunked
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After
After
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His faucet has gunk all over it and figured I could take it off with vinegar while I soaked the aerator.  No such luck; it's eaten into the (cheap) faucet.  Guess I'll add changing out the faucet to the (very long) list.
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before
before
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running water
running water
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removing the aerator
removing the aerator
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surprisingly not as much gunk as I anticipated
surprisingly not as much gunk as I anticipated
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starting to love the smell of vinegar
starting to love the smell of vinegar
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scrubbing the gunk off/out with a toothbrush
scrubbing the gunk off/out with a toothbrush
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all clean
all clean
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much better water flow
much better water flow
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