House Calls with James Tully: Fixing a leaky faucet

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Posted at 8:18 AM, May 04, 2017

Jena Hickey’s Tampa home was built 90 years ago. It's a true original.  

Her faucet is not an original and it's constant dripping is driving her crazy.

"I think it will stop for a minute then it starts up again," Jena exclaimed.

Our Handyman Paul Schramm is here to show us how to fix this without calling a plumber.

Now it could be the cold water handle or the hot water handle that’s causing the issue. But the replacement cartridges we’re using are only a few dollars, it might be best to replace both.

Take an allen wrench and find the screw that's on the faucet handles. Loosen that then loosen the cap nut underneath. Remove the old cartridge, and be ready for a little excess water to leak out. Perfectly normal.  

Use pliers to find the rubber gasket that's directly under the cartridge. These wear down over time and do not hold water from leaking through the faucet, which causes the dripping.

Replace the gasket, place the new cartridge into place and the dripping should stop.

Items you’ll need: Allen wrench, adjustable wrench, pliers, faucet repair kit (use allen wrench to remove faucet and take to store to ensure you buy the proper kit)

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