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faucet won't stop running - help

topic posted Tue, April 12, 2005 - 9:24 AM by  brokenbear
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my bathroom faucet will not stop running. sometimes i can dial it down to a trickle, but it just won't shut off.

i told my landlord, but haven't heard anything from him.

any advice? is this something i can do without too much trouble?
~karen:)
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brokenbear
New York City
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  • Re: faucet won't stop running - help

    Tue, April 12, 2005 - 9:38 AM
    depending on your state, your landlord has so many hours or days to correct a problem before you can have it done yourself and keep the reciept. Then take that amount off the rent. It's legal and sometimes done better that way.

    But it sounds like the only things it needs are some new O rings. You'll have to shut off the water first to take it apart, then I'd take the whole assembly to Lowes or something and get replacements you know will fit.

    Good luck

    LH
    • Re: faucet won't stop running - help

      Tue, April 12, 2005 - 7:46 PM
      "depending on your state, your landlord has so many hours or days to correct a problem before you can have it done yourself and keep the reciept. Then take that amount off the rent. It's legal and sometimes done better that way."

      You need to be very careful about using this option. What you can and can't deduct from the rent varies according to your locale, and you need to be careful to follow proper procedures to protect yourself from getting evicted for withholding rent (ie, you need to notify landlord in writing and give the appropriate number of days before withholding rent.) Check with your local tenants' rights group if you have one.
  • Re: faucet won't stop running - help

    Tue, April 12, 2005 - 12:34 PM
    broken bear asked:
    >"any advice? is this something i can do without too much trouble?"<

    What is likely worn out are your seats and seals.

    Turn off the water at the wall.

    First step is remove the handle. Under that is your stem. On the bottom of that is a rubber disk held with screw. To make sure you have the right seats and seals you want to take this whole assembly to the hardware store...

    You are going to get a rebuild kit. It will have seats seals and new screws. Should be about 5 bucks. Also buy a seat wrench for the seats. It is gonna be a 90 degree shaped piece of metal with a square end and a hex end.

    The seat is a brass threaded cone at the bottom it has a square or hex hole. You need a seat wrench to remove them. But the wrench down the hole til you feel it lock in turn it out with even pressure. et the new ones and reverse the procedure tightening snugly don't really crank on it.

    The seals are replaced by removing the screws fronm the seals. Discarding both screw and seal and replacing it with new screws and seals again tighten snugly but not cranked on.

    Reinstall the cartriges and snug down firmly.

    Reinstall handles. Turn water on make sure there are no leaks.

    Give your reciepts to the landlord and deduct the amount from your rent.

    Your done.

    JSin

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