Introduction, Difficulty Level and Needed Tools
Repairing a leaky faucet is one of the most common repairs in the home. Compression faucets have been around the longest and are very common in older homes. However due to the various types of faucets available many home owners don't know what type of faucet they have in their home.
Compression faucets are the type that use a washer that when compressed (by tightening the faucet handle) shuts off the flow of water. These washers take a beating and wear out pretty frequently. They are kind of "old school" in that they tend to have a few parts you have to take apart in order to replace the washer, but it's really not hard.
I'll show you how easy it can be to repair a compression faucet and you'll save yourself a chunk of change in plumbing bills in the process.
As I mentioned, there are several styles of faucets. This tutorial is on replacing a compression (washer) type faucet.
- Difficulty Level
- Needed Tools and Materials
- Pipe Wrench or Channel-Lock Pliers
- Phillips Head Screwdriver