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Stem Leak Repairs

Your faucet may be leaking from the stem or the packing that is wrapped around the handle stem to hold the water back. More modern faucets use washers or O rings instead.

Follow these steps to repair a stem leak.
  1. Turn off the water to the faucet.

  2. Remove the handle from the shaft.

  3. Tighten the packing nut.

  4. If this does not work, loosen the packing nut with slip joint pliers or a wrench and then unscrew the nut by hand and remove it.

  5. Remove the old packing from around the stem.

  6. Replace the old packing with new packing.

  7. Reassemble the faucet.

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