Learn to make faucet repairs and get your sinks in tip-top shape
Let's face it, faucets wear out. They simply don't last forever, and eventually a working faucet morphs into a leaky faucet. The remedy is to fix it or replace it, it's that simple.
What's funny about broken faucets is that they often still work despite their leaky tendancies. In the last year alone I've had to replace our kitchen faucet, a faucet in the master bathroom and a faucet handle in one of our showers...
Average time living with these faucet repairs on the to-do list? I didn't keep track, but it was easily months. Countertops collected water around the handles and a shower required a little extra gripping power to turn on and off for the better part of a year.
What made me finally tackle each faucet repair is the same theme I always talk about - If I can fix it myself cheaply and stresslessly, the satisfaction for getting it done will far outweigh the nuisance of making the repair. It's a nice reward.
Swapping out a rusting kitchen faucet with a stuck cartridge (read: cemented) inside so the granite counters stopped turning dark from seeping water made us feel better about our kitchen more than we ever had.
And while a new kitchen faucet costs more than a few dollars, the new handle in the shower cost less than a few dollars. Oh...how nice it is to operate a working handle each morning.
Further, I once made a faucet repair in our guest bathroom that didn't cost anything. We had to reverse the hot and cold on the faucet, and as entertaining as it was to hear our guests yell "Yeow!" when they thought they were getting getting into a warm shower (but got cold instead), this easy and free repair was well worth it.
So ask yourself - is there a faucet or sink needing repair in your home right now? If so, I want to help you take a look and see how you can make your own repairs (most often the case), or if it's time to remove it, hold a memorial service, and move on to shiny new faucet. I'll help you through it all.
Sink and Faucet Repair Guides
Aside from faucet repairs, there are a few other parts to any one sink that might also be calling for your attention.
Accessories like broken sink sprayers adorn many a kitchen sinks, and down below, a garbage disposal repair can come about out of the blue, exactly when you need to use it the most. Both of these require only basic skills and knowledge to repair and will bring a smile to your face when you're done.
In basements and garages, wall-mounted sinks get loose over time and need repairing - not the much more expensive alternative of replacing.
Or, perhaps you want to install something new in the rhelm of faucets. Outdoor water faucets are a popular summer project; for example, helping homeowners water gardens more easily or rinse off after a day in the pool.
Here are some of our other DIY repair guides when it comes to fixing faucet ailments:
Water Not Coming out of a Faucet
Here are the most common reasons this happens, and some of the go-to ways you can get water flowing freely again.