One of the headaches many people face in their kitchen is when the faucets are giving them problems. Most people will most likely call for help and pay for their kitchen faucet repair. Unless you are that busy to be involved in work or other activities, you may like to first take a look at how you can do the work yourself without forking out the money for a repairman.
To have your kitchen faucet repair work done, you should learn how to have the faucet mechanism opened up. Now before you dismantle anything, turn off the water supply first. Most likely your kitchen faucet is held down tightly by an Allen screw, so you can just simply unscrew it. Depending on how experienced and strong you are, and how old your faucet is, the Allen screw can be hard to remove at times. However, you should not just call it quit and call for commercial help or get a brand new kitchen faucet, because what may ultimately be causing the drip is the rubber seats which have worn out. The item you will need to change may not even cost more than a dollar, so to purchase a new faucet is simply a waste of money.
When the screw seems to be too tight, try applying some penetrating oil onto it. Spray the oil daily and on the fifth or sixth day, you can try unscrewing it again and it should do the trick. If you think you are too weak to handle the unscrewing, you may also like to try using screwing drill to do the work for you. However, you should do it slowly as a drill can be very powerful. You do not want to damage the screw instead.
There are hard times when this Allen screw just doesn’t like the way you handle it and get itself stuck tightly. If you think it just cannot come out, try unscrewing the cap by using pliers. As the faucet handle is still in your way, you will have no other choice but to use your pliers to unscrew by grabbing onto the round edge of the flattened rim by using rubber stripe around the jaws of the pliers. With much greater friction between the jaws and the round edge, your job can be done quite easily and with lesser effort.
When all parts are out, you can examine the different parts for the possible cause of leakage. Replace the worn out parts and clean the interior for any mineral deposits. Before you reassemble the faucet, make sure you turn on the water supply to wash out the dirt you have loosened. Remember to cover the faucet with a cloth to prevent water from splashing everywhere.
When you have every part assembled, turn the faucet on to wash out any remaining dirt and after that you are done with your DIY. You can fix your own faucet very easily if you are willing to learn how to do it. Not only will you save yourself money, you will also feel a sense of achievement. After all, you are done your own kitchen faucet repair and it is something to be proud of!