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I have 25 yr old eljer lavatory faucets that leak. Local hardware says they'll replace washers if I bring them the stems. How do I do it. The handles appear to cover the shafts. There's a little slot in the covering below the handle top. Is this a catch I must open? Thanks. G. Evans

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  • gevans8 Nov 04, 2010

    I know the problem is caused by the need for new washers at the base of the faucet stem. I don't know how to get the shroud type faucet handle off the get to the stem nut. A plumber once referred to this type bathroom faucet as a 'Brenda Eljer lav' if that helps. Thanks

  • gevans8 Nov 04, 2010

    Thanks, ewiz Your diagram shows a removeable cap. . My handles are one piece with no separable cap.

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Step 1. Turn off the Water: If there's a shutoff valve beneath the fixture, turn off the water at that point. Otherwise, turn it off at the main house shutoff valve in the basement, utility room, or crawlspace. Turn off the hot water supply at the water heater Step 2. Take the Faucet Apart: Start by removing the handle (this may not be necessary on some older faucets). Loosen the Phillips-head screw, which usually is beneath a decorative cap in the center of the handle. The cap either unscrews or snaps off when you pry it with a knife blade. Next, lift or pry the handle off its broached stem. Unscrew the packing nut beneath the handle, exposing the rest of the stem. Remove the stem by rotating it in the "on" direction. It will thread out. Reinstall the handle if you have difficulty turning it (Fig. 1). Clean chips from the faucet cavity, but do not use harsh abrasives or a file. please see the diagram of a typical washer type bathroom faucet. I have 25 yr old - emissionwiz_2.jpg

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    Marvin Nov 04, 2010

    there must be a screw in the handle then? without the exact model number of the faucet I am kinda handicapped here.

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    Marvin Nov 04, 2010

    that little slot is a screw, my worry is that the screw after all these years will be rusted in place and you will either break it or strip it out trying to remove it. You are going to need tools, a flat bade screwdriver and a good assortment of box end wrenches, do you have a tool set?

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Hi,


Most of the times when a faucet leaks it is due to a washer. Over time washers warp or break especially in the hot water side (if you have two separate faucets). What you want to do is use a screwdriver and removes the faucet until you get to the washer which is a rubber piece with a hole in the middle then take that to your local hardware store and find a matching replacement. It is fairly simple to do and the main cause of leaky faucets.


Please check the bellow links to have an in-depth knowledge related to your issue:-


http://www.ehow.com/way_5714935_eljer-bathtub-faucet-installation-instructions.html


http://www.ehow.com/how_6705402_fix-leak-tub-faucet.html?ref=Track2&utm_source=ask



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