Faucet InstructionsFor the Do-It-Yourselfer 


Faucet Repair How To 

Learning how to repair all the faucets in your home will save you a bucket full of money. Faucet repair how to, is only a matter of experience, and the willingness to learn new things. Even the most highly esteemed trade specialists begin as apprentices and do-it-yourselfers. The only difference between a Master Plumber and yourself is your experience. Faucet repair is just that, taking the time to read all the instructions, manuals and troubleshooting guides written about your faucet before you begin. There are some basic faucet repair how-tos’ that will get you started on the road to saving money and your sanity.  

Basic Faucet Repair How To 

Step 1 

Always turn off the water supply before your start any faucet repair. There are usually two small shut-off valves, or stops, located under every modern sink and toilet. To shut these valves off, turn the small valve handles in a clockwise direction until they stop turning. There two types of under sink shut-off valves-Multi turn valves that will require several turns to close, and the quarter turn valve. The modern quarter turn valve will stop after a rotation of 90degrees to the right. 

Open the hot and cold faucet handles to make sure there is no bleed through of water from the shut-off valves. If the shut-off valves do not stop the water completely, you will need to replace them before continuing your faucet repair. If you do not have individual gate valves, ball valves, globe valves or stops under your faucet, you will need to turn off the main water supply feeding your home. In some cases, you may need to call your municipal water company or property maintenance coordinator. Do not attempt a faucet repair while the water is flowing, you can easily cause costly damage, to not only your home, but others as well.   

Step 2 

Block the sink drain opening by closing the lavatory pop-up stopper, inserting the kitchen sink basket-strainer or stuffing an old washcloth partly down opening. In bathtubs and showers, cover the drain opening with a rubber jar-lid opener or bath towel. This will prevent small faucet parts like screws and washers from disappearing forever down the drain.  

Step 3 

Remove the faucet handles. This is where faucet repair gets a little tricky. There are quite a few different styles and configurations of faucet handles. It seems like each faucet manufacturer has their own way to secure the handles. Some handles you can remove by simply unscrewing the handle base from the faucet valve. A few handles simply pull off the faucet’s stem or cartridge adaptors.  

Most faucet handles attach to the faucet stem or cartridge with a screw of one kind or another. Some screws use a Phillips or flat-tip screwdriver, while others use an Allen or hex wrench. Finding the faucet handle screws, in many cases, will require a bit of investigation. Many faucet handle screws can be located hidden under a screw cap or index button. These covers or buttons might be located on the side of the faucet handle’s base. In many cases, they are the same color as the faucets finish, in others; they are red and/or blue in color. Some screws will be covered by the tiptop of the faucet handle and indexed with an “H” for hot and a “C” for cold. Carefully remove the index buttons with a plastic utensil to prevent scratching the faucet handle finish. Place the buttons to the side in a safe place; they are small and easily lost. Pull the handles off the faucet and set them aside with the screw covers.  

Step 4 



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