Tools you may need include:
Before You Start
- A roll of 3/4" masking tape
- 3" blade screwdriver
- 3" phillips screwdriver
- 8" adjustable crescent wrench
- Wrap a couple of layers of masking tape around any shiny parts of your faucet that the wrench might scratch.
- If your problem is a leak around the handle when you turn on the water, follow steps one - three below.
- On a faucet with a packing nut, cover it with tape and tighten it gently. Never overtighten this nut.
- If the leak persists, remove the nut entirely, replace the packing washer underneath, and reassemble the faucet.
- To repair a leaky stem that has an O-ring, follow steps one - three below.
- Pinch the O-ring on the stem to get a fingerhold, then pull it off.
- Replace with an exact match that has been lubricated with a little grease.
- Reassemble the faucet.