A faucet that leaks across the handle indicates a difficulty with both the packing or the packing nut below the nut. Both are vulnerable to use from turning the faucet when the faucet is turned on or off, reduce or to exert compression. As the packing deteriorates from use, the inclination will be to turn the faucet tighter to the “Off” position to quit the faucet from leaking. This extra pressure continues to harm the components that are faucet. Replacing the packing that is faucet needs few resources and about one hour for the homeowner with simple handyman skills.
Turn off the water to the faucet utilizing the turn-off valve usually within the cupboard beneath the the sink. Locate in case a cutoff for the line isn’t accessible, and turn off the primary water supply to the home.
Slip a knife blade underneath the cap in addition to the faucet handle. Twist the cap to be popped off by it.
Remove the screw underneath the cap. Pull the handle straight-off the stem.
Turn the packing nut on the stem beneath the the handle counter-clockwise, utilizing an adjustable wrench. Remove the nut.
Take off the twine- string packing wrapped round the threads of the stem. Clean off all packing materials residue using tooth-brush or a toothpick.
Wrap the packing clock-wise round the stem beneath the the packing nut. Don’t overlap the packing string.
Tighten the packing nut onto the stem and on the packing.
Reassemble the faucet in the order which you took it aside.
Turn on the water-supply and examine the faucet for leaks. A sensible quantity of pressure could be exerted to tighten the packing nut to stop a leak.