An Overview about Faucet Repair
Faucet packing is substance that is protected under the packing nut of the tap. This packing prevents water from dripping out and around the valve stem when the tap is twisted.
Current packing equipments are made of plastic and rubber, but one can get packing equipments made of leather in some older taps. Over time, this packing becomes fragile, leaving you with a dripping faucet. The best faucet repair method packing is through changing it completely.
Stop the water supply for the tap where you want to fix the packing. Look beneath the tap for the two water supply regulators (one for cold, one hot). Then, turn the knobs clockwise until it stops to discontinue the water supply. Open the tap and let any water within to run out.
Remove the handle from the branch. The handle should be laid in place with the use of a screw. Depending on the tap, the screw is either concealed by the temperature pointer on the knob, or mounted on the handle’s front or back. If you see a screw, remove this and then draw the grip off. If you do not, pry off the temperature pointer with the rim of a sharp blade or knife to expose the handle screw. Remove this with a screwdriver and draw the grip straight off.
Try to take off the packing nut. This is a hexagonal shaped nut positioned at the peak of the tap stem. Change the wrench so that it will fit around the nut and revolve counterclockwise until the nut threads off the branch. Then, use pliers to eliminate the packing from around the stem. A bit of wire, such as a cut of wire or a piece of soldering iron, is useful too.
Put the new packing around the tap stem. Twist the packing nut above and apply a few daubs of silicone grease to the base of the screw. Then, thread the screw above the stem clockwise and tighten. Moreover, don’t forget to replace the handle. Locked it with a screw and replace the screw cap, if detached. Then, restore the supply of water. If you want to read more information about faucet repair, read those articles online or seek the help of a professional plumber.