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Leak from handle

Possibility #1: Bad seat or tap washer

This possibility is for older models, if yours is a newer model faucet, please move to possibility #2.

Your seat washer and tap washer are the two components that hold all the pressure and directs the water to where it's supposed to be. They also ensure no water gets out where it's not supposed to, holding a tight seal. Sometimes these can go bad and cause leaks from your handle.

Level of difficulty: Moderate - Hard
Estimated time taken: 1 hour
Tools required:

  • Allen wrench set
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Screw driver
  • Seat wrench

Step 1:Turn water off from under sink

  1. Underneath your sink should be two handles that you need to close
  2. Turn both clock wise until they are tight and CLOSED
  3. Make they are closed by turning on your water. None should come out

Step 2:Remove handle in question

  1. All models are different, but there should be a small screw that you need to remove somewhere on your handle.
  2. If there is no visible screw, you may need to remove a small cap to gain access to the screw.
  3. The screw should be a flat head or allen head
  4. Your handle should pop right off once this is removed
  • If you are having difficulty, you may need some penetrating oil. Squirt penetrating oil into the screw hold and move the handle around. Let sit for a few minute and try to remove the handle again.


Step 3:Remove packing nut

  1. Once your handle is off, you should have access to your packing nut.
  2. Using an adjustable wrench, remove this nut

Step 4:Replace washers

  1. Once you have removed the packing nut, you should be able to lift out a cartridge
  2. Pull this out and remove your tap washer from the underside (see video for reference) and replace with a new one
  3. Use your seat wrench to remove the seat washer and replace

Step 5: Put it back together

  1. Put the washers, cartridge, packing nut, handle, and fastening screw back on how they were originally.

Example Video:

Possibility #2: Bad cartridge

Your cartridge is the main component that hold all the pressure and directs the water to where it's supposed to be. It also ensures no water gets where it's not supposed to, holding a tight seal. Sometimes these can go bad and cause leaks from your handle.

Level of difficulty: Moderate - Hard
Estimated time taken: 1 hour
Tools required:

  • Allen wrench set
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Screw driver
  • Seat wrench

Step 1:Turn water off from under sink

  1. Underneath your sink should be two handles that you need to close
  2. Turn both clock wise until they are tight and CLOSED
  3. Make they are closed by turning on your water. None should come out

Step 2:Remove handle in question

  1. All models are different, but there should be a small screw that you need to remove somewhere on your handle.
  2. If there is no visible screw, you may need to remove a small cap to gain access to the screw.
  3. The screw should be a flat head or allen head
  4. Your handle should pop right off once this is removed
  • If you are having difficulty, you may need some penetrating oil. Squirt penetrating oil into the screw hold and move the handle around. Let sit for a few minute and try to remove the handle again.


Step 3:Remove packing nut

  1. Once your handle is off, you should have access to your packing nut.
  2. Using an adjustable wrench, remove this nut

Step 4:Replace cartridge

  1. Once you have removed the packing nut, you should be able to lift out a cartridge
  2. Pull this out and simply put the new one in the same way the old one was in.

Step 5: Put it back together

  1. Put thecartridge, packing nut, handle, and fastening screw back on how they were originally.

Example Video:

Dripping faucet

Possibility #1: Bad seat or tap washer

This possibility is for older models, if yours is a newer model faucet, please move to possibility #2.

Your seat washer and tap washer are the two components that hold all the pressure and directs the water to where it's supposed to be. They also ensure no water gets out where it's not supposed to, holding a tight seal. Sometimes these can go bad and cause leaks from your handle.

Level of difficulty: Moderate - Hard
Estimated time taken: 1 hour
Tools required:

  • Allen wrench set
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Screw driver
  • Seat wrench

Step 1:Turn water off from under sink

  1. Underneath your sink should be two handles that you need to close
  2. Turn both clock wise until they are tight and CLOSED
  3. Make they are closed by turning on your water. None should come out

Step 2:Remove handle in question

  1. All models are different, but there should be a small screw that you need to remove somewhere on your handle.
  2. If there is no visible screw, you may need to remove a small cap to gain access to the screw.
  3. The screw should be a flat head or allen head
  4. Your handle should pop right off once this is removed
  • If you are having difficulty, you may need some penetrating oil. Squirt penetrating oil into the screw hold and move the handle around. Let sit for a few minute and try to remove the handle again.


Step 3:Remove packing nut

  1. Once your handle is off, you should have access to your packing nut.
  2. Using an adjustable wrench, remove this nut

Step 4:Replace washers

  1. Once you have removed the packing nut, you should be able to lift out a cartridge
  2. Pull this out and remove your tap washer from the underside (see video for reference) and replace with a new one
  3. Use your seat wrench to remove the seat washer and replace

Step 5: Put it back together

  1. Put the washers, cartridge, packing nut, handle, and fastening screw back on how they were originally.

Example Video:

Possibility #2: Bad cartridge

Your cartridge is the main component that hold all the pressure and directs the water to where it's supposed to be. It also ensures no water gets where it's not supposed to, holding a tight seal. Sometimes these can go bad and cause leaks from your handle.

Level of difficulty: Moderate - Hard
Estimated time taken: 1 hour
Tools required:

  • Allen wrench set
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Screw driver
  • Seat wrench

Step 1:Turn water off from under sink

  1. Underneath your sink should be two handles that you need to close
  2. Turn both clock wise until they are tight and CLOSED
  3. Make they are closed by turning on your water. None should come out

Step 2:Remove handle in question

  1. All models are different, but there should be a small screw that you need to remove somewhere on your handle.
  2. If there is no visible screw, you may need to remove a small cap to gain access to the screw.
  3. The screw should be a flat head or allen head
  4. Your handle should pop right off once this is removed
  • If you are having difficulty, you may need some penetrating oil. Squirt penetrating oil into the screw hold and move the handle around. Let sit for a few minute and try to remove the handle again.


Step 3:Remove packing nut

  1. Once your handle is off, you should have access to your packing nut.
  2. Using an adjustable wrench, remove this nut

Step 4:Replace cartridge

  1. Once you have removed the packing nut, you should be able to lift out a cartridge
  2. Pull this out and simply put the new one in the same way the old one was in.

Step 5: Put it back together

  1. Put thecartridge, packing nut, handle, and fastening screw back on how they were originally.

Example Video:



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