This video explains how to fix a leaky faucet, in a simple step by step format.
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My bath faucet is a Delta with only one knob to turn hot and cold. The faucet is leaking very badly and it only gets worse day by day. I have taken the knob completely apart and replaced it hoping it would stop, but it hasn't. Anybody have any advice? Thanks in advance!
By Ginn from Tuscaloosa, AL
Somewhere on the handle, maybe in the back, there should be a plug button. Remove the button and there should be a set screw that is removed with an allen wrench. Remove the handle and bonnet, if there is a bonnet, and tighten the big nut. That should stop the leak. I don't believe there is a O ring to replace.
You could also contact Delta with an e-mail for further advise.
It's possible that it's as simple as replacing a little rubber gasket (at least on some faucet models and maybe all?). Take the faucet apart and see if the gasket looks worn/cracked/split or not. If so, it's so easy to replace for a dollar or less from your hardware store :-)
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If you have a leaky faucet, you need to fix it right away. Just a little drip can cost a lot on your water bill each month!
Also your electric or gas bill depending on the type of water heater you own. (If it is a hot water drip.)
Go to a home repair store and buy plumber's tape. It's a very thin type of white tape. unscrew the hand held shower head and wrap the plumber's tape around the threads of the wall fixture (where the shower head screws on).
Be sure to wrap in in the same direction you will be tightening (the direction the threads go). Only wrap it about 2 or three times all the way around and be careful to do a perfect job. Keep the tape on the threads. Now screw your shower head back on. You're in business! (01/14/2006)