Compression Faucet Repair Made Easy With Roto-Rooter
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You will need the following for this project:
- Flathead and Phillips head screwdrivers
- Box cutter
- Wash cloth
- Slip-joint pliers
- Heat-resistant grease
- Custom valve-seat wrench
Following these steps for a smooth sailing do-it-yourself compression faucet repair.
- First, reach underneath the sink and locate both the hot and cold water valves. Firmly turn them off, cutting off water flow to the main faucet for repair.
- Second, use the flat edge of a flathead screwdriver or box cutter to carefully pop off the decorative caps located on top of each hot and cold faucet handles to expose the screws holding them in place.
- Third, unscrew and remove each screw, make sure to keep them in a safe place to make reassembly simple.
- After removing and storing both screws, the handles should sit rather loosely, allowing easy removal by gently pulling upwards to pull them out of their position in the stem assemblies.
- Locate the retainer nuts holding the assemblies in place and loosen them with slip-joint pliers.
- If the retaining nuts have been adequately loosened, the assemblies should easily slide out of their snug position on top of the valve seats.
- After removing the assemblies, take note of the rubber washers on the ends of each unit. These washers promote a watertight compression system. Replace washers if found to be rough, brittle or damaged.
- Each assembly unit should have a cover held in place by another nut that can be easily removed with a small wrench. Once removed, the stem shaft covered in rubber o-rings is now visible. Remove any visibly damaged o-rings by snipping them off with scissors. (If there are too many rubber pieces to replace, you can also replace the entire stem assembly with a new unit, as it may be easier.)
- For easier replacement of new o-rings, use heat resistant grease to slide the rings into place.
- Next, use your fingers to explore the valve seats. If there is a lot of roughness to the surfaces, the valve seats are probably leaking water and require immediate replacement.
- With a valve seat custom wrench, remove the seats and install new replacements.
- Finally, proceed to reassemble the entire compression faucet system following the above steps in reverse order.
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