Category Archives: Plumbing

A Leaky Faucet

A leaky faucet is the most common home plumbing problem. Fortunately, repair parts are available for almost every type of faucet, from the oldest to the newest, and installing these parts is usually easy. But if you don’t know your make and model, the hardest part of fixing a leak may be identifying your faucet… Read More »

Removing an Old Faucet

1. To remove the old faucet, start by clearing out the cabinet under the sink and laying down towels. Turn off the hot and cold stop valves and open the faucet to make sure the water is off. Detach the sprayer hose from the faucet sprayer nipple and unscrew the retaining nut that secures the… Read More »

Installing a Pullout Kitchen Sink Faucet

Modern kitchen faucets tend to be single-handle models, often with useful features such as a pull-out head that functions as a sprayer. This Pfister model comes with an optional mounting plate that conceals sink holes when mounted on a predrilled sink flange. 1. Install the base plate (if your faucet has one) onto the sink… Read More »

Replacing a Fill Valve

1. Toilet fill valves wear out eventually. They can be repaired, but it’s easier and a better fix to just replace them. Before removing the old fill valve, shut off the water supply at the fixture stop valve located on the tube that supplies water to the tank. Flush the toilet and sponge out the… Read More »

Common ToiIet Problems

A clogged toilet is one of the most common plumbing problems. If a toilet overflows or flushes sluggishly, clear the clog with a plunger or closet auger. If the problem persists, the clog may be in the main waste-vent stack. Most other toilet problems are fixed easily with minor adjustments that require no disassembly or… Read More »