10:13AM | 12/13/02
Member Since: 12/12/02
3 lifetime posts
I am in NEED of help. I've got 1 faucet that drips and water comes out of the turn knobs. I have 2 showers/ tubs that have a drip.
Then I have a toliet that will not turn off. I am a renter and the landlord will not fix it.
My water bill doubled last month ( $100) and I guess I need to take things into my own hands, so here I am wanting to learn what I need to do. I am a women and don't know that much about plumbing. Please, Please help me fix it.



09:29AM | 12/15/02
Member Since: 11/17/02
50 lifetime posts
The first thing you need to do is to pick up a book at your local plumbing or hardware store called Plumbing 123 or Plumbing by Black and Decker. These books will guide you through the steps of repairing faucets. The second thing you need to do is to realize if you are a renter, anything you damage can be assessed to you. Finally repairing the faucets requires some specialized tools and a basic knowledge of emergency proceedures. Turn off the water to the building before you start. Then remove the handle for the faucet in question. Typically a screw holds it in place. Below the handle is an escutcheon which you will need to remove. Then use a deepset socket set (designed for faucet stem removal) and disassemble the bonnet. The bonnet holds the stem in place. Since there are probably 1000 different tub and shower faucets, you will need to take the stem to the hardware store for the proper packing and or gaskets you need to reinstall on the stem. Make sure you shine a flashlight down into the opening to check the seat for any damage. Inside the faucet (deep withing) is a brass removable seat that can develop grooves from water. These channels will be deep enough to prevent the faucet from shutting off all the way. Since the faucet is open, its the best time to replace these if its necessary. Once you have the parts, reassemble the faucet in the order you took it apart. Use some sillicone packing grease (packing grease designed for plumbing without contaminants) on the threads of the stem to facilitate the ready movement once its assembled.
Good Luck
Master Plumber


09:31AM | 12/15/02
Member Since: 11/17/02
50 lifetime posts
As far as the toilet is concerned buy a fluidmaster ball **** kit with flapper. There are instructions with the kit for its installation. The key's again are shutting off the water and draining the tank before you attempt to remove the parts.
Make sure you replace the supply tube at the same time you replace the ballcock. The cost is incedental to the total cost of the job, but will save you tons of headaches.
Good Luck
Raymond Vin Zant
Master Plumber
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