Having only recently moved out of my parent’s house, I knew nothing of how to fix leaky taps and actually spent weeks before gathering the gumption to attempt to fix one myself. I’m no handy woman but hiring a plumber was not an option when they are charging fifty bucks to fix it and you still have to buy the material. Being too disinterested in the subject to do extensive research I clicked on the first result from my Google search engine. It was Wikihow and it pretty much covered everything. Since Wikihow pretty much explains everything I’ll just be telling you my own experience.
Firstly, turning off the tap from underneath is easy, but never forget to plug your sink! I few of my screws went down the drain and it took infinity and beyond to get them out! My tap is a compression tap so it was really easy to identify. Because mine is a compression tap it was easier to fix. I already had the basic Philip’s and flathead screwdriver,pliers and wrench; I borrowed plumber’s grease from a neighbor and all I had to buy was an O-ring and a seat washer(I got both for under ten bucks downtown). Being full of excited vigor over the fact that this was proving so simple, I pulled out the handles for hot and cold and had fun using a wrench for the first time in my life to pull out the nut. After pulling out the stem I realized that my O-ring was disgustingly worn out. I nearly puked with the amount of dirt on it. Water should have been flowing instead of dripping with that amount of decay. I used my kitchen gloves to remove it and only burnt it after using it to buy a replacement O-ring. I also bought a new seat washer after removing it. After all this I felt too lazy to finish the job so baked some cookies and got my enthusiastic nephew to grease the new seat washer with plumber’s grease and put everything back together.He did a perfect job and I enjoyed a snack of milk and cookies with him in the afternoon. Maybe I might hire him for more plumbing jobs if he continues to charge milk and cookies.