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Old 06-23-2008, 10:50 AM   #1
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faucet turns itself on


the cold water faucets in both my bathroom sink and tub turn themselves back on. fixtures are probably 40 yrs old. need to replace them or might new washers fix the problem?

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Old 06-23-2008, 12:22 PM   #2
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Two things I can think of. Since the fixtures are old, you probably have two handles (hot and cold). The packing nuts that hold the stems in could be loose and allowing the water pressure to turn them to the open position. There is also a rubber washer on the end of the stems that seal when the faucets are turned off. These could be worn also. Both are easy fixes.

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Old 06-23-2008, 06:25 PM   #3
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thanks, majakdragon, for your help. in the meantime, the hotwater heater has died, leaking water all over ..........the faucets don't look so bad now.
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