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If a faucet is leaking the necessary repair will be either:
1. For a ceramic or washerless faucet, replace the cartridge.
2. For a typical old fashioned faucet, open the faucet, replace the washer (and packing if it has any) and verify that the faucet seat has not eroded.
The newer washerless faucets cannot be repaired except by replacing the cartridge. Cartridges for most common faucets are available at most home improvement stores or plumbing supply houses.
It sounds a lot more difficult than it really is, just shut off the water (usually a shut off valve under the sink). After the water is off, remove the handle and any chrome protective covering. Depending on the faucet type, it may be a little difficult to remove the cartridge since they are often covered with mineral build-up or corroded into place.
Once you remove the old cartridge the new one usually goes into place easily.
For single handle faucets, make sure you put it in the right way, some of them will put the hot to the wrong side if you put them together backward.
Posted on Mar 13, 2011
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