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How to Repair Common Kitchen Mishaps and Accidents

Learn how to tackle problems that may bubble up in the kitchen like a clogged disposal, dripping faucet or burned countertop.

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Dripping Faucet

A dripping faucet is not only annoying and messy, it can also be costly, resulting in your money literally going down the drain in the form of a higher water bill. The simplest fix is the first to try: making sure the handle is turned off completely. If it's still leaking, you'll probably have to replace a gasket, O-ring or cartridge. Determine what type of faucet you have — if you have two handles, one for hot and one for cold, then you've got a compression faucet. If you have one handle, you have either a ball faucet or a cartridge faucet. To stop the leak for the time being, turn off the water to the sink at the shut-off valves underneath the sink (righty-tighty). Turn off the water at both valves — one is for hot water and one is for cold water. For compression faucets, you may need to replace the gasket at the handles and/or an O-ring for the stem base. You'll need to remove these, take the gasket or O-ring to a home center and find the matching parts. Ball or cartridge faucets require a replacement kit for the inner workings. Manufacturers are good about supplying instructions for these.

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