Just what you don’t want to see when you go upstairs to the kitchen to get a second cup of coffee — a puddle of water on the floor in front of the sink. The leak was coming from under the faucet so I pulled off the hot and cold lines, and redid the connections with fresh plumber’s tape.
As I was tightening everything up, damn, a drip. From where? Ah, even higher up! Dismantled the faucet and discovered the cartridge was cracked. Did the round of hardware stores until finally the folks at Lowe’s found what we needed in a bin of dusty spare bits and pieces, and let us have it for free. It wasn’t the exact replacement, but close enough to work. Thank you Lowe’s!
Otherwise it would have been a week or two to get another cartridge ordered in.