Patch Plumbing And Tighten A Kitchen Faucet's Handle


If water is slowly dripping underneath your kitchen sink, due to a small crack in a pipe section and the kitchen faucet's handle seems to be loose, attributing to water being emitted from the faucets's opening when not in use, patch the plumbing and tighten the handle by completing the faucet repair project below with some standard plumbing materials and tools. 

Materials And Tools Needed

  • towels
  • waterproof putty
  • teflon tape
  • scissors
  • detergent
  • water
  • cloths
  • allen wrench
  • screwdriver
  • replacement hardware

Sop Up Water And Dry Plumbing Before Covering A Crack With Putty Or Tape

Locate your residence's main water valve. This valve may be located in your back yard or could be installed near the plumbing that leads to your home. Go back indoors and turn the faucet on to release any water that is trapped inside of the faucet or plumbing that is connected to it. While crouching underneath the sink, use a thick towel to sop up water that has dripped underneath the plumbing. Move a clean towel across the damaged plumbing to eliminate water.

Use waterproof putty or teflon tape to cover the crack in the pipe. If you have chosen to use putty, soften the putty between your hands before applying an even layer of putty over the crack. If you opt to use teflon tape, wrap tape tightly over the crack. Add a few layers of teflon tape to prevent water from seeping through the edges of the tape. Teflon tape is waterproof and can be used to wrap around a pipe that provides hot or cold water in your kitchen sink. 

Remove A Faucet's Handle And Replace Hardware

Dampen a cloth with water and add a few drops of detergent to the cloth. Grip the faucet's handle before moving the cloth across the handle's exterior. Wipe the top of the handle in the same manner to remove grime or hardened residue. Use a different cloth to dry the handle's exterior. Inspect the faucet handle for hardware that is secured to it. Use an allen wrench or screwdriver to loosen hardware. After doing so, lift the handle away from the sink.

Inspect the hardware and the handle. If the hardware is stripped, dispose of it before purchasing replacement hardware. Turn the handle over and use a damp cloth to clean its base. Place the faucet handle in its original location and insert hardware through the hole in the handle. Use a wrench or screwdriver to tighten the hardware. Once the faucet handle is stable, turn on the water supply and peer underneath the sink to determine if water has stopped dripping from the cracked pipe. Turn off the faucet to ensure that water does not drip from the end of the faucet. 


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