Step by step instructions on how to repair or rebuild a Sayco Tub and / or
Sayco shower faucet, has a bad steady drip, I have a few
options, I can simply replace the washer, many times just
replacing the washer is all that is needed, and you are
done, the following instructions will help you replace the
washer in your Sayco tub faucet.
You may want to replace
the Sayco stems or just one of them, you can find Sayco
stems and seats at most hardware stores. or you may want to
rebuild the whole Sayco tub and shower faucet. Notice the
white corrosion on the Sayco shower trim, and the dull color
of the Sayco shower trim, this can be cleaned, and does not
need to be replaced.
you start, make sure you have turned the water to the Sayco
faucet off, and drain the water from the water lines at a
faucet that is lower, like a sink on a lower level, if you
have valves in the wall behind the Sayco faucet, just turn
The next thing you want to do is put something
over the tub drain, like a rag or other, so that none of the
small parts go down the tub drain.
decided to rebuild this faucet because, the packing nuts on
the stems are dripping, causing water to run down the wall,
so I went to Lowe's and picked up a Danco rebuild kit for a
Sayco tub and shower faucet with three handles.
is what the Sayco tub and shower repair kit looks like, you
can also find Gerber faucet repair kits at Lowe's and The
need to warn you, be very sure the package you pick up at
Lowe's or The Home Depot, is not open in any way, check it
out good, look for little slits in the plastic packaging, if
it has been open, do not buy it, even if the sales people
tell you it is complete and all the parts are in there, do
not buy any thing that has been opened, there is always
is everything that comes with the Sayco faucet rebuild kit.
2 new Sayco shower faucet stems, 1 Sayco diverter stem, 3
Sayco faucet seats, 3 Sayco tub handles, 3 Sayco faucet
sleeves, 3 Sayco shower flanges, 3 cap buttons and a stem
removal tool, that also tightens the packing nut on the
this image you can see the screw that is holding the handle
on to the stem, sometimes it it a flat screw head and other
times it is a Philips head screw, most of the time, the
screw comes out with out any trouble, but sometimes the
screw will not turn and you strip the head of the screw,
making it impossible to remove, it the screw does not come
out, you will have to drill the head off of the screw, just
use a small drill bit and drill until the head of the screw
comes off, do not drill deeper, you may be able to remove
the rest of the screw from the stem, once you get the handle
remove the screw from the middle of the handle.
the handle will simply pull off of the stem, and you are
done, but sometimes, it will not let go, if the handle for
your Sayco faucet will not let go, you have 2 choices, break
it off, this will break the end off of the stem and make
both the handle and the stem unusable, or you can use a
faucet handle removing tool, like the one in the image.
the faucet removal tool, the faucet handle comes off easy,
this way the stem and the handle can be reused. Note: once
the handle has been removed, you can see the stem is all
wet, this is because the packing nut on the stem has been
leaking, packing nuts can be tightened but it may make the
handle too hard to turn.
the sleeve has to be removed, it unscrews counter clockwise,
(for you young people, the top turns to your left.) you may
not be able to turn it by hand, so you may need to use a
wrench, be careful not to scratch it up with the wrench if
you plan on reusing the sleeve.
the sleeve and the cover flange come off together, if you
are going to reuse them, don't take them apart, they should
go back the same way they came out.
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