Building & Renovating

RL Tips: Fixing a Leaking Faucet

Fix a minor leak yourself!


The amount of water wasted by a leaky faucet adds up over time. Save water and money by learning how to fix a minor leak. Let these steps guide you.

Photographed by Rene Mejia.

Material from Real Living's Handy Hints and Instant Makeovers: 35 Easy Home Projects (2010). To view other Real Living Home Ideas Books, visit 

How to do it:
  1. Turn off the water supply at the valve under your sink or the main water pipe.
  2. Disassemble the faucet to see where the problem is. Use the right type and size of pliers, screwsrivers, and adjustable wrench.
  3. Wrap masking tape around the jaws of your pliers or wrench so as not to scratch the faucet's soft metal parts.
  4. Replace your faucet's worn-out washer or O-ring.
  5. Remove sediments on the faucet's stem. Wipe the stem with a piece of cloth until it shines. Reassemble.

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