Sunday, March 6, 2011

Plumbing 101
Home ownership brings a sense of pride
and security.
It can also bring headaches as things break
and must be fixed.
Sometimes they are serious enough
that the professionals must be called in.
But more often,
they are the little things that can be handled
with just a little time and know-how.
Case in point:
a faucet drip.
Annoying,
costly and irresponsible in terms of water usage.

The first step is to turn off the water
to the faucet.

We have a manifold system,
so I went down to the basement
and found the correct levers for the faucet.

They are now turned off.


No water.

Now to get to work.




The screw holding the handle on is removed.



Then the cap assembly is unscrewed,
exposing the cam, ball and seat and springs.




This time I am replacing the seats and springs.
In case you are wondering,
this is the second time I have worked on this faucet.
The last time I replaced the cam, ball and seats and springs.





It took some doing to coax the rubber seats out of the faucet.
Then the springs lifted out with tweezers.






I placed the new springs and seats in the faucet.




Now it's time to put the faucet back together.
Note:
It's important to put all the parts of the faucet
in when reassembling the faucet
or there will be leakage.
Not to worry;
another trip down to the basement
and putting in all the parts will fix the problem.



No more leaks.
I'm good.

Dear, I'll send you my bill.

3 comments:

Rosie Hawthorne said...

OK. You do electrical work, dry wall, and now plumbing. Is there anything you can't fix? Can you come over and hook up the BlueRay I got the ol' man for Christmas? It's still sitting in the box.

Mr. P said...

Rosie,
I would be glad to loan her to you to hook up the BlueRay. I think she would like some of your fresh herbs for payment.

Lovella Cushman said...

A plumbing woe every now and then is part of being a homeowner. Good thing you are pretty handy when it comes to these household debacles. Although, I have to agree that you still need to call professionals if you think the problem is more serious than it seems.

Lovella Cushman @ Perfection Plumbing