Step 1: Prep the faucet for repair

shut off the water feed by closing the valves «»
The first task in any faucet repair is to shut off the water feed by closing the valves under the sink; if there are none, Richard shuts the water main. He turns on the faucet to bleed the pipes of water, then plugs the sink’s drain with a rag. "The smaller the part," says Richard, "the more it wants to take a dive down the drain."
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    Tools List

    • pocket knife
      Pocket knife, used to pry off the plastic cap)
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Screwdriver, for removing the screw that holds the handle in place)
    • adjustable pliers
      Slip-joint pliers, to unscrew the bonnet and grip the stem)
    • needlenose pliers
      Needlenosed pliers, for grabbing the retainer clip)

    Shopping List

    1. Faucet Replacement Cartridge (Bring the old one to the store with you to match it.)

    2. Valve O-Rings, if necessary

    3. Plumber's grease, if replacing the O-rings