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Old 05-14-2012, 10:02 PM   #1
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We have a large 70+ year old concrete double basin sink in our basement. The pipes to the sink are in the concrete walls. The faucet is leaking a steady stream of water. Over the years we are no longer able to tighten/turnoff the faucet enough to stop the leak. Given the age, the faucet probably had a washer which is probably disintegrated by now. What is the best way to repair?

Will the faucet handles pop off somehow and we can put new washers in?
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Is there a way to replace the faucet, even given the age of the sink?

We are concerned that if we break it, we will have water all over our basement as there is not a turn off valve accessible before the sink.

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There needs to be shutoff valves for both the hot and cold supplys.
No pictures so any ansewers you get will just be guesses.

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I usually advise that the sink and faucet both be removed and modern upgrades be installed. Chances are the faucet is beyond repair or is to labor intensive to attempt
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We have a large 70+ year old concrete double basin sink in our basement. The pipes to the sink are in the concrete walls.
But they do (must) come out at some point... right?
That's where the job of installing shut offs will be.

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...Given the age, the faucet probably had a washer which is probably disintegrated by now. What is the best way to repair?
You install new seat washers and maybe new seats too.
It's not complicated or especially difficult. Really.

Well, sometimes it can be a real beyotch too.
But dive in anyway and try.
You can always buy new stuff later if you really must.

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Any advice?
Know where the plumbers in your town go for parts before you start.
And where the main shut off for the water supply in your house is too.

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