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Video:Replace a Sink Tap Washer

with Debbie Anderson

You may need to replace a sink tap washer if your faucet seems to be malfunctioning. This video demonstrates how to replace a sink tap washer in just a few easy steps.See Transcript

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Transcript:Replace a Sink Tap Washer

Hi! I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com! If your sink tap faucet is starting to act up a bit, sometimes all you need, is to replace the sink tap washer. So, today I'm going to show you how to replace a sink tap washer in a just a few easy steps!

To Replace a Sink Tap's Washer, You'll Need:

  • a pair of adjustable pliers
  • a pair of needle nose pliers
  • new rubber washer
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • a flat head screwdriver
  • steel wool
  • a clean old towel

Turn Off Water Supply to Sink

First, locate the valves underneath the sink where the main water supply to the sink is located. Then turn the valves in a clockwise direction until each valve has been turned as far as it will go to turn off the main water supply to the sink.

In some instances, the shut-off handle on the main water line may have broken off, and in this case, use a pair of adjustable pliers to twist the bolt where the handle use to attach to the shut-off valve in a clockwise direction until it has turned as far as it will go.

Now before getting started on your project, always make sure that you put some kind of a drain stopper or something over the drain hole to catch any loose parts that may fall down the drain hole while you are working.

Remove the Sink's Old Tap Washer

Next, open the tap you are working on so that it is in the “fully on” position. Although there are many decorative cap covers, use a flat head screwdriver to lift off the decorative cap cover to reveal the screw underneath. Use your Phillips head screwdriver to undo the screw, and then lift off the headgear to the tap with your fingers.

Next, use your adjustable pliers to release the packaging nut. Once the nut is loose, lift out the entire tap stem for further inspection. At the bottom of the stem, use your Phillips head screwdriver to undo the screw, and then use your needle nose pliers to remove the old washer.

Secure the New Sink Tap Washer

Then replace the old washer with a new washer that is the same size as the old washer by inserting the new washer in the same place where the old washer was sitting on the bottom of the tap stem. Next, use your steel wool to gently scrub away any excess debris, dirt, or lime scale buildup on the tap stem and the location on the sink where the tap stem inserts into the rest of the sink.

Finally, refit the tap stem and tighten everything down with your adjustable pliers and put the decorative headgear and tap cap cover back on with your screwdriver .Once everything is put back together and tightened down, turn the water back on at the main water supply under the sink by rotating the valves in a counter-clockwise direction.

Finally, inspect the tap for any other leaks! If you don't see any more leaks coming from your sink tap, turn the water off and wipe down the tap with a clean old towel and you're good to go!And that's how you replace a sink tap washer in just a few easy steps!Thank you for watching! To learn more, please visit us on the web at About.com!

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