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Question: The rotating ball faucet in our master bathroom has developed a stubborn leak. The faucet seems to be in fine shape otherwise; it matches the rest of our single-lever plumbing fixtures, and to be totally honest - I don't feel like replacing the entire faucet just yet. Can you tell me how to repair it in Baltimore so I can get a few more years out of it?

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Question: The rotating ball faucet in our master bathroom has developed a stubborn leak. The faucet seems to be in fine shape otherwise; it matches the rest of our single-lever plumbing fixtures, and to be totally honest - I don't feel like replacing the entire faucet just yet. Can you tell me how to repair it so I can get a few more years out of it?

Answer: The first thing to try with any leaking rotating ball faucet is to tighten the cap, which is just under the handle and usually has a band of ridges on it much like the ridges on the edge of a quarter. To tighten, use some groove-joint pliers and tighten clockwise (you might want to cover the jaws of the pliers with a layer of electrical tape to keep from scratching the cap's finish). If that doesn't do the trick, your best bet is to buy a repair kit, dig out your Allen wrench, groove-joint pliers and screwdriver, and follow these simple steps:

1. Turn off the water-supply valves under the sink.

2. Using a snug-fitting Allen wrench, turn the setscrew in the faucet handle counterclockwise until the handle lifts off.

3. With your groove-joint pliers, turn that same knurled ring on the cap counterclockwise and remove it.

4. Remove the cam, rubber cam seal and ball. Using a small screwdriver, lift out the rubber inlet seals and springs.

5. Remove the spout by twisting and lifting at the same time.

6. Remove the O-rings.

7. Place the cam, cam seal, ball, inlet seals, springs and O-rings in a plastic bag, take them to your local hardware store and buy a repair kit with matching parts.

8. Coat the new O-rings with waterproof grease and seat them in their grooves.

9. Install the remaining replacement parts. If the ball contains a slot, align the slot with the alignment pin in the body. Fit the tab on the cam into the notch in the body before screwing down the cap.

These instructions were taken from Charlie Wing's Big Book of Small Household Repairs (Rodale Press, 1995). There are several other resources available on the Internet for all faucet types. Check out the Plumbing Repair Page at www.kissler.com or manufacturer pages, most of which can be accessed from www.faucetdirect.com.

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