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How to Fix Pesky Leaky Faucets

Leaky faucets may be a pain but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they have to be a pain to fix. With the right tools and a little bit of knowledge beforehand, you can have your leak fixed before it’s time for the newest episode of your favorite television show. ┬áThis article will show you how to repair a leaky faucet for cheap by using replacement parts.

Before beginning any project, we always make sure to have the parts and tools required in advance in order to be more organized and prepared. We’ve found that in doing this things move along much more smoothly and the process seems to be completed a lot faster. For this project, the following supplies will be needed to get the repair work completed.

Tools

  • Allen Wrenchsink
  • 4-in-1 Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Slip Joint Pliers

Materials

  • Faucet Repair Kit
  • O-ring Seals

 

Now that you have everything in place, it’s time for the best part- getting started! But first things first. You may have the tools you need but there are 3 things you need to do before beginning.

1.) Be sure to turn off the water under the sink

2.) Seal off the sink drain; a rag works best for catching dropped parts

3.) Utilize another piece of material to catch other loose parts

 

Okay, we know you’re ready to jump in, so here’s how to repair your pesky leaky faucets in four short and simple steps.

Step #1: Remove any handles and knobs from the faucet with a flat head screwdriver. Once removed, you will find a screw that mounts the handle to the head; removed the screw using WD-40 if necessary to loosen the head from the handle.

Step#2: Remove the stem after loosening the packing nut with your wrench. Check the removed parts for damage to see if they could potentially the problem.

Step #3: Locate the washer and o-ring inside of the valve seat and inspect the two parts for damage. Now it’s time to put in the replacement washer and/ or o-ring. This is where it becomes crucial to make sure your replacement parts are the right size to save time, money, and frustration. Variety packs work best to ensure only one trip to the hardware store and alternative options.

Step #4: Put everything back together in the order that you uninstalled it: washer/o-ring, stem, packing nut, screw, and handle. Turn the water back on followed by turning the sink slowly.

 

If you fixed the problem, congratulations! You just saved yourself a nice chunk of money. ‘

If your problem persists, consider calling a professional to take a look at the problem. It’s possible to have valve seat corrosion which is a problem that can be much more difficult to take care of yourself. Sometimes, it can be more efficient in the end to just leave it to the professionals.

 

Photo credit: Thisoldhouse

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