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DIY & Fix a Leaky Faucet

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May 28, 2013, 02:41 PM
JohnV_EP
DIY & Fix a Leaky Faucet
The faucet may seem like an inconspicuous cleaning utensil in your life, but take a second to think about how often you wash your hands, dishes and vegetables throughout the week. The answer is: constantly. When a faucet is in working condition, the equipment barley crosses your mind. However, once the faucet begins to become dysfunctional, one will take immediate notice. If the sink is leaking there is more than just the annoyance of dripping water to be concerned with. Watch as your wallet deflates and your water bill inflates from the continuous leaking.

Find out the exact amount of water wasted in your home by visiting the site below, which provides a way to calculate the leakage and convert it to money lost, based on a per day or annual percentage.

http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/sc4.html

Once you understand the amount of water being wasted, it’s time to conserve the precious supply and protect your wallet.


Restore your faucet functionality by reviewing these directions .

  • First step is to turn off the supply of water which can usually be found where the pipe first connects with the house. Typically, the main water line will be in a utility room, close to the kitchen or in the garage. You’ll notice there is a water meter in close proximity to the pipe. Once your access the water supply, there will be a shut off valve. Turn the valve clockwise to prevent the water from flowing within the house while you’re working on the leak.
    - If you are unable to find the main handle, call your local water company who can guide you through the process of shutting off the valve.

  • Before disconnecting any lines, be sure to run each of the sinks and faucets throughout the house to drain the remaining water. Next, be sure to plug the drains in order to prevent losing any screws, nuts or tools.

  • You can use an adjustable wrench to tighten the nut on the water supply pipe.


  • Now you can focus on the faucets. There are many types of faucets; ball type, cartridge, ceramic and compression. Depending on the type of faucet you have, you will need to follow specific directions.

    The basic steps are as follows:

    1- Remove the handle(s).
    2- Break out the adjustable wrench again to remove the nut around the handle.
    3- Take out the stem, leaving the exposed O-ring, which needs to be replaced if the handles were the leaky culprit. Be sure to grease the new rings prior to reinstallation.
    4- Now you can remove the seat washer and replace it with a new one.
    Note: Bringing the seat washer to the hardware store with you will drastically assist you in finding the correct one to purchase.
    5- After these procedures, you can put together each piece back in the proper alignment.


    To determine if the leak is completely fixed, check your water meter and write down the number. Wait two hours and check the number on the meter again. If the number is altered in a drastic amount you have identified a leak from underneath the sink.

    If the problem persists don’t hesitate to contact your local plumber.


  • May 28, 2013, 07:12 PM
    GardenSprite
    Anyone notice the similarity to Jonathan_GR's post on fire prevention in the Kitchen section?

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    May 28, 2013, 11:22 PM
    Jaybee
    Yup, we've got fire and we've got water. Can only expect that next up is some tips on digging in the dirt. Spamtastic!


    Jaybee
    May 29, 2013, 12:09 AM
    GardenSprite
    Fire, water, ... and earth, air, and wind ...

    This new spammer has tackled two of these elements. Should we watch for more (probably) plagiarized commentaries on earth, air and wind next?

    Yes, Jaybee, I suspect we'll be treated to a commentary on how to use shovels, followed by a primer on air filters (or maybe something more basic such as how to breathe properly), and more excellent advice on the use of wind as alternative power (copied from some legitimate source).

    At least this spammer has some sense of the mystery of the elements, albeit brought down to earth in a commercial manner.

    Or maybe he's just a Dan Brown fan?

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    May 29, 2013, 06:42 PM
    swschrad
    to see if you fixed the faucet leak, check the water meter in two hours. priceless advice! or see if the water level in the basement is up another foot.

    If you have boat races in the basement... you MIGHT have a leaky faucet!


    sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
    May 29, 2013, 09:33 PM
    Frodo
    i am lazy. instead of walking all the way out to the meter.. i just look at the faucet. if it drips...not fixed!!! if it doesnt drip...fixed


    https://www.youtube.com/*****?v=vn7bkncf1_E
    May 30, 2013, 07:20 AM
    joecaption
    Flood, fire, oh no what's next locest, and plague.
    The end is near repent my son.


    joecaption
    May 30, 2013, 09:49 AM
    GardenSprite
    quote:
    Originally posted by joecaption:
    Flood, fire, oh no what's next locest, and plague.
    The end is near repent my son.


    Watch for another spammer to present solutions for locusts and plagues. They have all the answers, you know.
    May 30, 2013, 11:07 AM
    Frodo
    dont look back,, you'l turn to stone


    https://www.youtube.com/*****?v=vn7bkncf1_E
    Jun 03, 2013, 11:21 AM
    Retro Lou
    quote:
    Originally posted by Frodo:
    i am lazy. instead of walking all the way out to the meter.. i just look at the faucet. if it drips...not fixed!!! if it doesnt drip...fixed


    ^^^ genius.