It’s quite the nuisance when you constantly hear the “drip… drip…” of a leaky faucet. It’s even more annoying when that sound is coming from your kitchen. Calling in a plumber or an expert can lead to costly repair bills. Why not save some of that money, and attempt to fix it yourself? If you follow this guide, you can consider this task checked off your list.
This should go without saying, but you’d be surprised how many people overlook the simplest and most common of tasks. Before you do anything to your faucet, you need to turn off the water. You can do this by reaching down under the sink and following the pipes from the facet to the wall. They should be attached to some valves. One is for hot, and the other for cold. Once you’ve turned the valves off, turn on the faucet to allow the remaining water to drain.
Next, you’re going to need an Allen wrench to loosen the screw on the handle. Be sure to plug the drain first so nothing falls in. After removing the screw, you’ll then proceed to lifting the handle right off.
Pro Tip: Line up the pieces you take apart in the same order you removed them. This will help you to quickly reassemble the handle with ease.
Now you’re going to need a pair of slip-joint pliers. These will be used to remove the chrome bonnet from the faucet. Use masking tape or a rag on the pliers so you don’t scratch up the chrome finish.
Now you’re going to remove the bonnet. Once you’ve pried that out, pick up the ball and cam assembly and remove those as well. Grab a pair of needle-nose pliers next and remove the springs from inside the faucet handle. All of these pieces are very important, so make sure to not misplace anything.
You may have to clean inside the faucet once you’ve gotten all these pieces out. The built up grime and water sediment can contribute to quick deterioration of the newly installed parts.
At this point, you should have a faucet with what looks like a hollow top. Look inside and take notice of the positioning of the O-rings and the diverter. Grab the spout with both hands and use a little muscle to remove it (this step is MODEL-SPECIFIC, not all faucets require you to remove the spout in order to replace the O-ring.)
Using a spanner, carefully remove the O-rings, and then proceed to removing the diverter. You might need to use a needle-nose plier for that. Once again, clean up anything you see inside. Clean fixtures are long lasting fixtures.
Now that everything has been taken apart and cleaned, it’s time to put in the new pieces and refit it all back together. Start off by pressing the new diverter into the faucet. After that has been put in place, install the new O-rings. Install the top one first, then the bottom one.
Before installing the O-rings though, coat them with packing grease. This will help to protect the components in the faucet while simultaneously being able to withstand the hot temperatures.
If you had to remove the spout, now would be the time to put it back. Using both hands, you’ll press firmly to reattach. Proceed to grab your spanner and Allen wrench. Using these as guides, slide the springs and packing pieces back into their proper places.
Place the ball back into its slot; install the cam and packing back into the faucet as well. Replace the chrome bonnet using the rag or masking tape again so as to not damage the finish. Reinstall the handle, and you’re done.
Turn the valves back on slowly and watch for leaks. Congratulations! You’ve just repaired a leaky faucet.
If you have any questions, or if you’d prefer a hands-off approach, please contact First Team Construction, Charleston SC’s best handyman.