Old fashioned leaky taps non-repairable?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by spiral, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. spiral

    spiral New Member

    Apr 7, 2014

    I have a landlord who is refusing to repair my gorgeous old leaky taps anymore. He has tried to fix them a couple times and they only get more leaky, so now he's claiming that they aren't repairable. I strongly disagree, and think parts are more readily available than he thinks here in Canada (Victoria, BC). I am hoping you folks out there can back me up after looking at the photos of these MUELLER old fashioned taps I have attached. I need a washer and/or cartridge replacement for both the hot and cold taps to keep this tapset here... and so that the owner doesn't replace it and the whole sink with it. As you can see from the photo the closed tap is leaking quite a bit, about a litre of water every three minutes now. Help!

    Cheers, Tim :-(

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  2. SHR

    SHR Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    Journeyman Plumber
    I bet they are easily repaired. Replace washers and resurface seats you should be good. And for goodness sake, when you work on these faucets use an adjustable wrench or at least a tool without teeth so as not to mar the finish anymore.
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2014
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  4. Jerome2877

    Jerome2877 In the Trades

    Aug 25, 2009
    His taps, his decision.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    "resurface the seats" is easy to say, but much harder to do properly. When you try, there are only two results. Either you did it correctly and the faucet doesn't drip, or you didn't and you have to throw the faucet away. I have a pair I am working on now. Either I find my seat dressing kit, which I have not seen since I bought this truck 3 years ago, and have not used for over 30 years, or I try to find her a pair of "vintage looking" faucets. However, until the faucet is taken apart, you do not know if this faucet has replaceable seats, which would make the repair much easier.
  6. ankhseeker

    ankhseeker Member

    Oct 2, 2013
    If you are planning to stay for a long time, you might just hire a plumber and pay for it. That way there is no argument and you are happy.
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