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One of the first things that I did when I moved into my new home was start looking into my options for solar power. I’m a big believer in reducing dependence on natural resources that are unsustainable, and one of the best ways to do that is by using natural resources that are sustainable, like sunlight. I was thrilled to have my own home that I could customize with solar power. I found that there were all kinds of options for solar power besides those big clunky solar panels. I eventually settled on solar shingles for my roof, and I’m looking into solar powered windows, too. I started this blog to share more information about solar trends with people who are as interested in sustainable energy as I am. I hope to help you understand how contractors can help with these large projects!


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3 Tips For Repairing A Leaky Kitchen Faucet

While it's always a good idea to call a plumber to help with large plumbing problems, there are also certain things you may be able to fix on your own--for instance, a leaky kitchen faucet. If you would like to learn more about performing this simple repair, read on. This article will provide three tips for repairing your kitchen faucet.

Tip #1: Block off the sink drain before disassembly.

The basic repair process is pretty much the same, no matter what type of faucet you have in your kitchen. First, pay attention to where the leak is occurring: is it at the base of the spout or the end of the spout? This will help you determine what specific part of the faucet will need to be replaced. 

Whatever the case may be, your next step is to shut off the water valve beneath the sink. Once this is done, you can begin disassembling the faucet. This process will differ according to which style of faucet you have. There are three main styles:

  • rotary ball faucets
  • cartridge-style faucets
  • ceramic disc faucets

Here is where the first tip comes in. No matter what type of faucet you have, before you begin to disassemble it, be sure to block off the sink drain. You'd be surprised how many tiny parts they manage to fit inside of a faucet head, and the last thing you want to do is drop one of them down the sink before you've had time to identify it. 

Tip #2: Have somebody video record you disassembling the faucet.

Now that you've got the sink blocked off, you can rest easy that you won't unwittingly lose any parts. But that doesn't necessarily mean you're going to remember what order they came out in. Without this crucial information, reassembling the faucet with the replacement parts can be a daunting task.

Spare yourself the pain and frustration of trial and error. Instead, ask someone to video record you while you take the faucet apart. That way you will have visual evidence about the precise order in which the various parts came out. This will make reassembling the faucet a snap.

Tip #3: Buy an extra set of replacement parts while you're at it.

Once your faucet has been fully disassembled, the next step generally involves heading over to the home improvement warehouse with a ziplock baggy containing the parts. There, assuming you can find an employee knowledgeable about faucet anatomy, someone should be able to help you select the right replacement parts.

Once you've got a lead on the new parts that will fit your sink, do your future self a favor-- buy a second set. That way, next time your faucet goes on the fritz, you can save yourself a trip to the store, and get right down to work instead.