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Old 01-16-2012, 12:37 PM   #1
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Fixing Leaking Faucet


The hot water side of my bathroom faucet is dripping. I took the handle off, but I can't seem to loosen the stem to get to the washer. If I turn the large nut, the whole thing moves. There's not really any room underneath the faucet to hold it, so I put vice grips on the lower threaded part and used a crescent wrench to try and turn the nut. It isn't budging. Am I turning the right part? Any ideas to loosen it? I put so much force into it I was afraid it might snap...

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Use this pic (arrow missing from last post).

I'm not sure; but it looks like the valve stem is held in by an e-clip. Insert a thin, straight-slot screwdriver tip into the area at the arrow, give it a slight twist, the clip should slide out and hopefully, the stem can then be unscrewed ccw. Be careful, the e-clip may go flying (protect eyes) so don't lose it.
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You may have to also loosen the next nut beneath the e-clip to get the stem out; I've never seen an arrangement like this but I'm no plumber.

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