Fix a Leaky Faucet like a diva with DIYVA by BarbaraK

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TIME: 35 minutes
TOOLS: adjustable wrench, screwdriver, screws, washers

Determine if the leak is coming from the faucet or the handle and whether it is hot or cold water. If water is leaking from the faucet, the washer will have to be replaced. If the leak is coming from the handle, the stem o-ring must be replaced. Take all parts with you to the hardware store to find exact duplicates. 

    1. Before you begin, turn off the water at the shut off valve located underneath the sink. Drain water from the appropriate faucet and close the stopper in the sink bowl. Place a towel in the sink to avoid scratches or chips. 
    2. Remove handle by unscrewing the decorative cap on top of the faucet handle. Next, unscrew the exposed screw. The handle can now be removed. 
    3. With the wrench, remove the stem assembly by turning the locknut counter clockwise. Lift out the stem assembly by hand, you may need to twist the stem to get it out. 
    4. At the bottom of the stem assembly is another screw, remove it and take off the washer underneath. Screw the new washer into place. Make sure it's the exact size as the old one. If the screw looks worn, replace it as well with an exact match.
    5. Remove any corrosion before replacing the parts by cleaning with an abrasive cleanser. Reinstall the stem. Add the locknut and attach the faucet handle, then screw it down. Replace the decorative cap. Finally, turn on the water at the shut-off valve. 

Voila! Nice as new..Remember No one can do it better than You!

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