Tips: Before Taking Apart Your Faucet

If you’re like most men, if there is a problem with your kitchen or bathroom faucet, you just dive right in without much preparation and without consulting the manual.  It’s like asking for directions – men don’t do that:)

Kitchen or bathroom faucet assembly diagram

Kitchen or bathroom faucet assembly diagram - Make sure you line up the parts as you dismantle the faucet to ensure easy re-assembly.

However, here are a few faucet repair tips to consider before taking apart the faucet in your house.

  1. Before you start working on a faucet, turn off the water at the fixture shutoff valves.  Then open the faucet to make sure the pipes are drained completely.
  2. Wrap the claws of the wrench with electrical tape so you don’t gouge up the visible parts of the fixture while you perform the faucet repair.
  3. Before you begin any faucet repair, block or plug up the sink so the small parts can’t fall down the drain.
  4. Line the sink with a towel to prevent damage from parts and tools unintentionally dropped.
  5. As you take apart the faucet, soak difficult connections with oil.
  6. As you disassemble the faucet, line up the pieces in the order you remove them in order to more easily put the pieces back together.