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Depending upon the size of the leak, anywhere from ten to over 200 gallons of water can be wasted each day from a leaky faucet. Follow the instructions below to fix that faucet now.

First, remember to protect your fixtures before you begin the job. Place easy to remove masking tape around visible nuts, stems and handles before a tool touches them.

Shut off the hot and cold water supply valves. These are usually found below the sink. If you have trouble finding them, go to the main shutoff for the house and turn it off. The main shutoff is usually located near your water meter.

Today's faucet handles have a plastic decorative cap that covers the screw underneath. Flip the plastic cover off the fixture to reveal the screw below. Unscrew the screw and remove the handle.


Using an adjustable wrench, grip the large packing nut which is now visible and unscrew to reveal the stem. If your faucet does not have decorative handles, simply unscrew the already exposed packing nut.

With the packing nut loose, pull out the stem.

At the bottom of the stem, you will see a rubber seat washer held in place by a screw. Remove the screw, replace the seat washer with one of the same size and replace the screw.


Reassemble faucet and turn supply valves on.