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How To Fix A Leaky Faucet

Fixing the annoying dripping sound from your faucet that keeps you up at night, can be surprisingly inexpensive and simple. Usually it only requires an adjustable wrench, Phillips and flat-head screwdrivers, penetrating oil, such as WD-40 and replacement washers and O-rings.

How to fix a leaky faucet

First, be sure your water supply is turned off at the angle valves underneath the sink. Next, remove any decorative parts of the handle knobs.  A simple prying with a flat-head screwdriver will take care of that. Underneath each knob, there will be a screw that mounts the handle to the stem. Unscrew, and then gently remove the handle with your flat-head screwdriver.Penetrating oil can assist in loosening it, allowing you to take the faucet handle off the stem. Then, use your wrench to loosen the packing nut. From there you should notice the stem. Remove that as well. Depending on the faucet, some stems pop right off, while others twist off from the valve. Check the removed parts for any damage. If everything is intact at this point, inspect the O-ring and washer inside the valve seat—they are usually the reason for your leak. Remove the washer and put a replacement inside the seat. It’s crucial to make sure your replacement washers and O-rings are an exact fit. It’s best to bring the old O-ring and washers to your neighborhood Ace Hardware store to verify the correct size. Lastly, carefully reassemble all the parts.  Slowly and gently turn your water back on, and check to see if you’ve solved that leak.

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