How to repair a two handle kitchen faucet that is leaking from the neck.
These types of faucets often leak from the neck. That one’s leaking fairly bad. What you need to repair this is an O-ring that’s the correct size. If you’re not sure what your size is, they’ve got these kits here. They have several different sizes, and you can match it up for your faucet.
And also what you want to use is some faucet and valve grease. If you don’t use this, then your O-ring might get pinched, and not move around properly. Because it should move around freely.
If you’re using a pair of channel locks on these, you might want to wrap a couple pieces of tape around your jaws to keep it from marking the finish. So I don’t have any tape with me, I’m just going to use this here. Oh, this one’s loose enough to do by hand. But anyway. So I’m just going to remove this.
This plumber’s grease. You want to wear gloves when you use this stuff. This stuff is kind of stinky. And it’s designed to not come off with water so easily. So when you’re using it you’ll want to make sure to wear gloves. And then that way, you don’t get that stuff on your hands. Because you really can’t wash it off. You can wipe it off, but it’s a little tricky.
And on this particular faucet, I’m going to use two O-rings. One above the notch. And one below the notch. And that’ll keep it from leaking here.
So what I’m going to do is going to apply my faucet grease around to the metal itself. That way I know it’s getting some lube below the O-rings. And then we’re just going to, I should have probably worn two gloves, but now I’m probably going this stuff on one of my hands. But oh well.
Yes, I definitely should have worn two gloves. Oh well. I’ll just make sure I wipe it off with a rag. Anyway. This one’s being a little stubborn.
So anyway, there’s the one above the notch. And then this will be the one that seats below to the notch. And this is about the best way I’ve found to do these. There’s any number of faucets that this works for. There’s the high rise faucets, with a higher neck. Anyway.
Once you’ve got that done, then what you’re going to want to do is apply kind of a liberal amount of the faucet grease to the outside of the O-ring. OK. Then you go ahead and insert you finished piece back into your hole. Press it down into place. OK.
Of course this one’s going to be a little stubborn. And it could be that these are the wrong sized O-rings. Let’s see. We’re going to tighten this down. See how it goes.
It seems like those didn’t seat in there. So I’ve got a smaller sized O-ring. I’m going to try that the bottom one. And see if that inserts properly.
The top one shouldn’t matter too much. It’ll just keep it from coming up where the handle is. OK. Now we’ll get the new bottom one open here. And it’s definitely a bit smaller of an O-ring here on the bottom. OK.
Just going to go ahead and pick off one of those O-rings. I want to leave one to seal it up top there. So. There we go. And we insert it, like so. Beautiful. Now it’s going to tighten up like it should. OK
We want to make sure not to get those cross-threaded. And then we’re just going to go ahead and gently tighten this part here. Like I said, it is a little bit better to use some tape around the jaws. To avoid marking the finish here.
But I guess this particular faucet’s pretty old, anyway. Just my kitchen sink here, so. All right.
Now we’re going to test it. Move it all around, make sure we have no leaks going. Looks pretty good. Tighten this down a hair more. Now it’s seating really good. We can go ahead clear all this.
And then I’m just going to move the neck around a little bit, to work the grease in, all the way around the O-ring. And I’m going to go ahead and turn this on. Make sure we have no leaks.
And then I’m going to feel down below the faucet to make sure that we have no leaks down there. You probably can’t see down here too well. There we are. Everything’s nice and dry right there. I can feel it. And we’re all set there. That’s how to replace your faucet neck O-rings. Good to go.