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Fixing a Leaky Faucet

Does the drip-drip-drip of a leaky faucet haunt your nightmares? Does that endless tormenting sound follow you wherever you go? Did you know that leaky faucets have actually been shown to increase domestic stress? That leak is also costing you money! Even a slowly leaking faucet can waste up to 3,000 gallons in a single year. Don’t let a fault faucet get the best of you. Repair that thing and show it who the boss really is.

This should be an easy job, but you are going to need some help. Go to your toolbox and grab yourself an adjustable C wrench, replacement washers and O-rings, a screwdriver, and some WD-40. Those are going to be the only tools you need. Now you are ready!
Step One: You don’t want this DIY repair job to end with a flooded kitchen, so before you do anything else, make sure you have turned off the sink’s water supply. There should be some nobs under your sink which will do this very job for you. You can also turn off the water supply from the main line, just to make sure.

Step Two:Now it is time for the real work. Time to take stuff apart. If you have a decorative, fancy sink, you are going to need to pop off the coverings for the handles. Underneath you should see a screw that mounts the nobs to the sink. You are going to remove these. If they are stubborn and won’t turn, well, this is why you brought along the DW-40.

Step Three: Once the screws are lose you can remove them and pull out the stem. Now you should be able to see the O-ring and washer. These are what you are going to replace. Make sure you have the right size on hand. If not, find out what the right size is, and go to the nearby hardware store to get it. Replace both parts while machining sure they fit snuggly. Not all you have to do is reassemble the sink and you should be good to go!

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