My house is over 50 years old at this point and I noticed an upward trend in little things around house needing repairs.
One of the most nagging repair was a drip from my bathtub faucets. I kept on putting it off because quite frankly, I was afraid of it turning into a humongous bath remodel project.
Well, I could not put it off and bite the bullet to make repairs because this small drip turned into a steady stream.
For most tub faucets, parts are very specific to a brand and models.
Yes, there are generic replacement parts but even for them, you need to have some idea about your current parts.
Fortunately for me, I was able to closely examine the faucet handle and identify the word “KOHLER”.
If your handle is crusted you may want to try to clean it up first
- Kohler Replacement Faucet Stem kit, Model# 1066559, UPC# 650531630391
- Teflon tape (white)
- Adjustable wrench or pliers
- #2 Phillips screwdriver
- Pair of chopsticks
- 4 plastic containers
- A – Unscrew the handle screw and remove the handle
- B – remove the escutcheon cover by turning it counterclockwise
- C – use a wrench to turn the brass fitting and remove from housing (stem will also come out at the same time)
- D – gently scape off any rubber O-rings and install new ones from the kit
- E – insert the new stem kit into the brass housing and reinstall into the wall housing
- F – reverse steps C, B, A
- G – check for leaks
In the end, this repair job was not as bad as my mind made it out to be (I got lucky?).
After spending about 30 bucks and 2 hours (mainly to de-mineralize parts), the repair was complete.
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