What Tools Do You Need to Fix a Leaky Faucet in the Kitchen?
- Although most screws are hidden in modern faucets, they are a part of the basic assembly. They are often covered by decorative caps or embellishments. Screws with a cross or plus sign on the head of the screw require a Philips screwdriver. If there is a slot across the top of the screw, use a flathead or slotted screwdriver. To ensure you have the right tool on hand, purchase either convertible screwdrivers with interchangeable tips or screwdriver sets that include both heads in a variety of sizes.
- Slip-joint pliers have adjustable mechanisms so that they can be used on screws, nuts or pipes of varying widths. The fine teeth at the end of the pliers are used to grip smaller objects while the larger teeth near the slip joint can be used to grip and turn heavier bolts or thicker pipes.
- Slimmer versions of regular pliers with a slanted head that tapers to a point are needle-nose pliers. These pliers are useful for grasping small faucet parts such as washers and O-rings that need to be replaced. These parts are often made of rubber or plastic and work to ease friction between metal fittings and secure their fit.
- A standard plumber's tool, a crescent wrench, or monkey wrench, has an adjustable screw to widen the jaws when necessary. It differs from pliers in that it has one handle instead of two and is used to grasp pipes and unscrew nuts and bolts of varying sizes.
- Allen wrenches, sometimes known as hex keys, are L-shaped six-sided tools. Used most often for bicycle repairs and DIY furniture assembly, Allen wrenches are sometimes needed to disassemble kitchen faucets for repair. These tools usually come in a set of 10 wrenches of incremental sizes.