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02/23/05

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Fixing a Compression Faucet


Compression faucets are one of the most common types of faucets. Two-handled faucets are usually compression types. They use a little mechanism called a stem to open and shut the supply of water. The stem is operated by turning the faucet handle. The most common problem is that the O-rings and washers used to seal the stem inside the faucet get worn and must be replaced.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

SKILL SCALE
Easy

TIME REQUIRED
You can fix a compression faucet in an hour, but you may need to go buy any replacement parts.

TOOLS
Screwdrivers
Slip joint pliers
Utility knife

MATERIALS
Heatproof grease
Replacement parts as needed

Compression FaucetTurn off the water. An index cap is the button that covers the top of the faucet handle. You can pry it up with the tip of a screwdriver. Once it's off, remove the handle screw. Take the handle off by pulling it straight up. If necessary, use a handle puller to remove the handle.

 

 

 

Compression FaucetUnscrew the stem assembly from the body of the faucet, using a pair of slip joint pliers. Inspect the valve seat for wear by sticking your finger into the stem hole. If the metal inside is rough, you may need to resurface the seat. If the seats seem badly worn, it's usually best to replace the whole seat.

 

 

Compression FaucetRemove the brass stem screw from the stem assembly. The worn stem washer should come right off. Don't discard it -- you'll need it to pick a replacement.

 

 

 

 

Compression FaucetUnscrew the threaded spindle from the retaining nut.

 

 

 

 

 

Compression FaucetCut off the old O-ring and replace it with an exact duplicate. Install a new washer and the stem screw. Coat all the parts with a little heatproof grease, then reassemble the faucet. Reassemble the stem assembly, replace the stem assembly in the faucet and attach the handle. Turn the water back on.

 

 

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