Sunday, January 22, 2012

How to Repair Bathroom Faucet Seal Secret Quick Fix

Fig.2 Remove 
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools: 

Crescent wrench
Phillips screwdriver

Henry Drake is an average person, works nights, lives in a single story home, and has all the newest gadgets. He also had the dreaded water drip. The drip became an obsession and Henry could not take it any longer. He decided to call a professional plumber. The plumber came and told him it would cost him $300 to repair. Henry did more homework on the Internet and finally called my Yahoo advertisement. He explained that he had a custom water faucet and the drip was very difficult to sleep with during the day.

This post shows a quick fix to repairing a high-end with nice chrome and very well polished faucet.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the removal of the faucet screw in the chrome handle.
Fig.1 Unscrew the 
Phillip screw
Step 2: Upper right fig.2 shows the use a Phillips screwdriver to removed the chrome screw in the middle of he handle. 
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the base of the faucet handle. Next remove the handle with a crescent wrench.

Tip: Any pliers can be used but it may damage the brass water stem.
Fig.3 Use Crescent 
to unscrew stem
Step 4: Fig.4 shows the removal of the water stem.
Fig.4 Pull out
Step 5: Fig.5 shows the hot water faucet stem is removed from the faucet base.
Fig.5 Replace the rubber seal
Step 6: Fig.6 shows a ceramic cartridge stem with a black rubber seal. Now reverse the rubber seal and put it back in the cartridge. Now return all the pieces back into their original order.
Fig,6 Place back into faucet
Step 7: Fig.7 shows the screw being put back into the handle.
Fig.7 Put screw back
Step 8: Fig.8 is the finished product. I see Henry from time to time and he has never complained about the faucet. I did finally find the seal at Ferguson Supply, a local plumber's warehouse. Henry seems comfortable with the faucet not leaking.
Fig.8 Handle ready to use

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