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Fix a Leaky Faucet: How to Replace an O-Ring On Your Faucet

By Edited May 26, 2016 0 0

Have you ever watched a plumber replace an O-ring on your kitchen faucet or bathroom faucet and thought, "I could do that!"

The fact is, plumbers make great money, and for good reason: they are skilled professionals who often work long hours and solve problems that make our lives difficult. However, along with that comes the fact that they tend to charge high prices!

Do you want to save money and learn how to do more home repairs on your own? Of course you do, unless you have some kind of phobia about picking up a tool. And even if you are a bit nervous, actually there are many plumbing jobs that are quite simple once you learn how to do them.

Going back to the opening sentence - if you've watched someone replace an O-ring than you probably already know that this is quite a simple job that anyone could learn how to do on their own. Plus, O-rings are easy to find and you can buy cheap O-rings online.

Of course you may not remember the exact steps involved, or you may not be sure you have all the right tools. Or you may just be the kind of person who likes to be sure they are doing a job properly before getting their hands dirty. The purpose of this article is to give you the detailed instructions you need, so that you can replace your O-ring yourself.

8 Fun Benefits of Replacing an O-Ring Yourself

  1. You will no longer have a leaky faucet.
  2. You will save money on the O-ring and on cost of repairs.
  3. You will not have to wait until someone can make the time to come and do it for you.
  4. You will not feel like an idiot standing there watching someone do something you could easily do on your own... :)
  5. You will acquire and master a valuable skill.
  6. You will be able to help your friends out if they need to replace their O-rings.
  7. You will gain confidence about fixing your own faucets and doing other home repairs.
  8. You will become more likely to learn how to do more advanced home repairs, saving yourself even more money in the long run.

What do you think? Are you ready to learn how to replace an O-ring on your faucet? Here are the instructions.

  1. Shut off the water supply.
  2. Remove the threaded coupling nut that is holding the spout in place. You can use pliers or a wrench to do this. Make sure you turning the nut counterclockwise. Also, wrap the nut with tape beforehand. This will prevent the nut from getting scratched by your tool.
  3. Now just work the spout up and out of its socket. You will now find the O-ring (there may actually be more than one). Easy so far huh?
  4. Check the O-ring or O-rings and see if any are worn out or defective in some way.
  5. Replace the O-rings with new rings of the same size. It is important that they be the right size otherwise your faucet may continue to leak. So, you may need to open up the faucet as described in the steps above, and then take the worn-out O-rings to the hardware store and match the size to the new ones. No big deal, this won't take long. While you're at the store, why not buy a few extra O-rings than you need so next time your tap is leaky, you already have the right materials? (Just be sure and label them "O-rings for kitchen sink" or whatever and put them someplace you can easily find them.)
  6. Reassemble the faucet exactly as it was. Since you only took apart a simple faucet, it's not that hard to put it back together properly. You can see just from looking at it how it's supposed to go. Just make sure you tighten up the nut so it's not too loose (a loose nut can also cause a leaky faucet.)

Well, you've done it...you replaced your O-ring and fixed your leaky faucet. Now you know how to do this, it will be even easier to do this next time.



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