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How to Fix a Standard Leaky Faucet

Learn how to fix a standard leaky faucet in this Howcast plumbing repair video with expert Tim Flynn.


I'm Tim Flynn and I'm the owner of Winters Plumbing and Heating in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Winters Company offers plumbing, heating, cooling. If you need service today; we're the business to call. My website is I'll be talking to you today about plumbing. How to fix a faucet with a standard traditional stem you have these stems in a two handle faucet so we have hot and cold. The tools your going to need to change a washer are going to be any kind of screw driver, it can be a 4 in 1 screw driver, this is a multi, multi tool it has straight and phillip's. We use these everyday so for this demonstration we have a phillip's head screw and a screw driver, so were going to back this screw out. Now these don't come apart as easy as they do on camera so right now they come apart real easy. But sometimes these threads are reversed as well so you have to be very very careful. Back the screw out, take out the bib screw which is a tiny little screw, set it down. You can remove the washer 1 of 2 ways I use a razor knife and I'm very careful with it I only take the blade out a little bit and I want to grab the side of the washer and I want to pry up just like that. Take the washer out take out your replacement washer this is what happens if you beveled but I prefer these, sit it down on top. There shouldn't be any space around that washer for example if you had a washer that was too small it would swim around in the surface and we don't want that we want to get the right size. Take it, insert it in the top, hold it in, take the screw, insert it back in, on the screw now, now we have it tight we need it a little bit tighter than that so we take a pair of channel lock pliers you want to grip that nerald fitting at the end on the side. Take it, tighten it down one two three that's tight enough, you just changed a washer.

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