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Step by step instructions on how to repair or rebuild a Sayco Tub and / or shower faucet. 

This 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.

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Before 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 them off.
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.

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I 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.

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This is what the Sayco tub and shower repair kit looks like, you can also find Gerber faucet repair kits at Lowe's and The Home Depot.

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I 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 something missing.

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This 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 stem.

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In 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 off.

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Just remove the screw from the middle of the handle.

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Sometimes 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.

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With 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.

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Now 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.

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Note: 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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