Replacing the valve seat

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After replacing the washers my faucet still leaks. What now?

Replacing the valve seat

If the faucet still leaks after you've replaced the washer, you probably have never heard of the washer's better half -- the valve seat. This oft neglected fellow is located below the stem and can be accessed when the stem is removed. Without a valve seat even the best washer is useless. They work together to form a watertight seal. When one or both breaks down, you get leaks. And here's more bad news. You're going to need a special wrench, (which you may use once in your lifetime), to get it out. It never ends.

   

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