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How do you change the washer on a very old tub faucet that leaks and do you unscrew the little nut on the handle to do it?

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2007-12-27 06:39:03
2007-12-27 06:39:03

A "very old tub faucet" probably has a washer AND packing around the stem. Back off (open a little) the handle, remove the cap nut (the one the stem goes through that threads onto the faucet), this should do it. Replace the washer, wrap pipe thread around the stem (probably a good idea to touch up the seat while you're there) and reinstall.

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