Here are five steps to fix a faucet leak:
a couple of layers of masking tape around any shiny parts of your
faucet that the wrench might touch and scratch.
If you leave metal uncovered, thereís a good chance it will
be dinged before youíre through.
your problem is a leak around the handle when you turn on the water,
follow steps 1, 2 and 3. On
a faucet with a packing nut, cover it with tape and tighten it
overtighten this nut. If
the leak persists, remove the nut entirely, replace the packing
washer underneath, and reassemble the faucet.
repair a leaky stem that has an O-ring, follow steps 1, 2 and 3.
Pinch the O-ring on the stem to get a fingerhold, then pull
it off. Replace with an
exact match that has been lubricated with a little grease.
Reassemble the faucet.
whether the faucet is dripping hot or cold water.
You may only have to fix one handle unit, not both.
Then shut off the water supply valves beneath the sink.
If they arenít there or if they donít work, turn off the
master supply for the whole house.
Turn on both faucets to let the water drain out.
thereís a decorative plastic button on top of each handle, just
slip the blade of your screwdriver under the edge and twist.
It should pop right off.
Unscrew the screw underneath and pull or pry off the handle.
Sometimes, because of the leak, corrosion makes it stick.
Try wiggling it back and forth while prying upwards with the
screwdriver blade. But
never bang the handle freeóthe inner workings might break.
you see beneath the handle is called the stem.
Fit your wrench to the large six-sided nut and loosen it.
It may unscrew clockwise or counterclockwise, so if it
doesnít loosen one way, try the other.
Then unscrew with your fingers until the whole stem lifts out
of the faucet.
the bottom of the stem thereís a screw holding a rubber washer in
place. Unscrew it, put
in a new washer of the same size and replace the screw.
a little petroleum jelly on the threads of the stem.
Then screw the stem back into place, tightening it with your
wrench. Put the handle
back on and turn on the water supply.