How to Fix a Leaky Central Brass Faucet Drip


Leaky Central Brass faucet drips are usually caused by an old, worn-out rubber washer, or a broken faucet stem seat. Fixing both of these issues will restore your faucet to new condition. There are no special skills or training involved in repairing a Central Brass faucet. The whole job should only take about half an hour.

Things You'll Need

  • Meter key
  • Screwdriver
  • Crescent wrench
  • Seat wrench
  • Turn the water off to the faucet out at the water meter with a meter key.

  • Remove the handle screw from the top of the handle with a screwdriver.

  • Pull off the faucet handle.

  • Unscrew the stem from the faucet with a crescent wrench.

  • Remove the faucet's seat with a seat wrench.

  • Slide a new seat on the seat wrench and screw it into place.

  • Remove the bibb screw that holds the faucet wash onto the stem with a screwdriver.

  • Install a new faucet washer and brass bibb screw.

  • Screw in the stem by hand, then tighten it with a crescent wrench.

  • Replace the handle and handle screw. Turn the water back on at the meter and test the faucet for leaks and drips.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apply a light coating of plumber's grease to the seat and stem before reassembly.
  • Do not over tighten the washer's bibb screw.

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