Fixing Leaky Faucets Yourself – Who Needs a Plumber?

Fixing Leaky Faucets Yourself – Who Needs a Plumber?

Honey, the shower upstairs is dripping and I can’t get it to stop. Okay, I will take care of it.

So you go upstairs and you put that grizzly bear grip on the manager and you tighten the heck out of the knob.

What was a drip, is now a raging torrent of water, and you can’t tighten it down any more. Quick! what do you do now? The tub always was a slow drainer and its filling up fast.

You run downstairs and out the front door and start looking for the valve that shuts the water off to the house. You locate the valve box that is near the house under the bushes and you peel off the dirt encrusted lid to show the rusty round handles below. You try to turn the handles but they are not moving. You run as fast as you can to the garage to get your wrenches and pliers. You have to move fast because the tub is filling up fast. You get who ever is obtainable in the house to start bailing water out of the tub and pouring it into the toilet, to keep the tub from overflowing.

You now have your trusty locking pliers in your hand and you hastily apply them to those stubborn valve handles. They nevertheless don’t want to cooperate, so you use that grizzly bear strength once again and the handles move! They moved alright, they broke completely off. What now? Your neighbor has been watching everything from across the street and he has a meaningful to unlock the city water meter in the sidewalk in front of your house. He brings the meaningful over and unlocks it for you. You use your pliers and turn the water off to the house.

Okay, the water is off and finally you can start on the original problem of the leaky shower faucet upstairs. You get your tool box together and take your screwdriver and pliers and everything you think you might need to work on this faucet.

First you take off the handles and the other pieces of trim from the valve and expose the valve itself. You have heard about changing washers in valves before. How hard could it be? I average you change your own oil and you can change a tire on your car, its about the same skill level, right? You apply your trusty pliers to the valves and unscrew them from the wall. You immediately see the washers that need to be replaced. You excursion to your local home improvement formation and you acquire the needed washers.

Now you are back to the job at hand. You install the washers that needed replacing and you put everything back together. Finally, you turn the water back on to the house.

Honey, there’s water dripping from the ceiling.

I can fix that faucet myself. Who needs a plumber!?

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