How to Repair a Leaky Faucet: 4 different ways for the 4 different Faucets
Many people have a real problem with letting others handle things they perceive they can “do themselves”. And why not? After all, who wants to pay someone else to do something just because we don’t want to go through the hassle of doing it ourselves? Are we not capable human beings? Do we not have the brains and proper motor skills to do simple tasks? Something like learning How to Repair a Leaky Faucet?
Now, I’m not saying that you should try to do everything on your own, after all one of the many perks of having a paid job is to actually be able to pay someone else to do the chores we are either not trained or incapable of doing. So take off that welding mask, walk away from your vehicle and put away that car modding magazine, your hybrid is probably not going to handle that v8 engine.
Now, before you start trying to fix your own air conditioning system (you shouldn’t) how about trying something rather more simple, like our example from before, figuring out how to repair a leaky faucet?
The 4 different ways in which to learn How to repair a Leaky Faucet
First off, take the following precautionary steps:
- First, pick a place to lay out parts in order of removal.
- Next, shut off the water under the sink.
- The drain should be closed and covered with some cloth like a rag to catch dropped parts.
- To avoid scratching the fixture, use some tape on the jaws of your wrench(one layer should do it)
Now you have to detect what type of faucet you have in order know how to fix it. There are 4 kinds of faucet: ceramic disk, cartridge (sleeve), ball and compression type.
First, push back the faucet handle to access the set screw. Remove the screw and lift off the handle. Remove the escutcheon cap, unscrew the disk cylinder mounting screws and lift out the cylinder. With a blunt screwdriver, lift out the neoprene seals from the cylinder and use distilled white vinegar and a plastic scouring pad to clean the cylinder openings.
Rinse thoroughly. Then replace the seals and reassemble the faucet. Move the handle to the “on” position and turn the water back on very slowly Make sure you do it slowly, because the returning water can damage the ceramic disk.
If you’re replacing the entire cylinder, simply set it in place and secure it with the new mounting screws.
Remove the handle set screw and lift off the handle. Use adjustable pliers to remove the cap and collar. Loosen the faucet cam and lift it out along with the cam washer and the rotating ball. Reach into the faucet body with needle-nose pliers and remove the inlet seals and springs.
Now, cut off the O-rings and coat the new ones in nontoxic, heat-proof plumber’s grease and roll them on. Install new springs, valve seats and cam washers as you reassemble the faucet. If money’s not an issue, just replace the entire fixture. To do this however, you will need a basin wrench. This basically covers the first part on how to repair a leaky Faucet.
Next week, we’ll look at the remaining Faucet types, so be on the lookout for our next installment on How to Repair a Leaky Faucet, in which we will cover Cartridge and Compression faucets. Cheers!