I've replaced both hot and cold side valves (St. Thomas brand) about
two years ago at $40.00 each. Now the faucet is dripping again. I've
taken the valves out and they look good. There does not appear to be
a replaceable seats in the fixture. Should I lightly sand the seat
with some sandpaper? Try to find a replacement rubber rings in the
bottom of the valves? Buy a new fixture? Tighten the hell out of it?
Basically out the blue it will start dripping. Sometimes if I open
both hot and cold sides at the same time and then close them quickly
at the same time it stops for many hours but eventually starts up
again. The sound drives me nuts. Thanks.
On 7 Feb 2007 19:46:43 -0800, poison email@example.com wrote:
YOu can put a washcloth or any old cloth under the drip to stop the
sound. If that doesn't work, rubber band the cloth to the faucet so
that the cloth goes from the nozzle to the sink, and that will
OTOH, leaving the surface permanently wet will eventually damage the
sink's finish**. Mine has several chips in it after I left it wet for
weeks. Don't know how long it took to do the damage.
OT3H, dripping will leave minerals stains, but there are a lot of
products that will remove those with no damage.
But you can certainly stop the noise when you are tyring to sleep.
**I don't think they make them like they used to. I don't think my
1940's sink would have been damaged by being permaently wet. ??
They do make a tool that regrinds an old valve seat but look at the seats
first,they are probably fine. It's been several years since you've replaced
the rubber things (faucet washers?) and they do not last forever. There are
numbers on the washers (e.g. 40R) so be sure to buy the right washers.
I called it a rubber thing because it looks like a molded piece that
is specific to this valve stem (maybe others) where a washer seems to
me as more universal. I will look for replacements as you said, I
didn't think I would easily find these unless I went back to the mfg.
Try this site which may help you out.
Also, take a look here....a listing of DIY sites for faucet repairs,
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