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How to fix a leaky two- or three-handle faucet Ľ Page 1


1. Both three-handle and two-handle faucets have a hot-water valve and a cold-water valve behind their hot and cold faucet handles. If water drips from the spout when the faucet is off, you need to determine which valve isnít working by shutting off the water supply on each line in turn at the shutoff valve. Two- and three- handle faucets are repaired in the same manner, except that the middle handle on the three-handle models is a diverter valve (the diverter on two-handle models is in the spout)- If the showerhead on your three-handle sys tem drips, or if you continue to get a high volume of water through the spout when it should be coming out the showerhead, itís the diverter handle that needs attention.

 

2. Determine which valve is causing the leak (see previous step) and remove the handle cover for that valve (in this case, the diverter valve is being worked upon). Also remove the escutcheon that covers the wall opening for that valve.

 

3. Remove the bonnet nut from the stem assembly using an adjustable wrench, If your faucet has cartridges, not compression valves as shown here, simply remove the cartridge.

 

 

 

 

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