Just in case you're wondering, these items happen to be the rubber washers from the cold water valve in my bathroom shower. Drips. Still drips. You can see by the permanent indentions that I managed to embed into the rubber washers how tightly I turned the knob. Tried a cone-shaped washer too. Cranked that too with such enormous force that the plumbing pipes
I am led to believe that, we're back with the shower faucet, I would need to file the lip around the hole in the bronze water fixture, I'll have to ream the edges flat. That should seat the rubber washer more fully on the mating surface and stop the drip. However, I don't have the specialty tool to perform this arthroscopic surgery as outlined in the New England Journal of Plumbing. Just being humorous. I'd have to buy the vital plumbing gizmo brand new. Albeit, at all costs, what I'm trying to avoid is buying a new faucet assembly all together. It would amount to an easier fix doing things via that route, more expensive, but a civilized repair, if you know what I mean. The problem with this option even if money was not a factor, is that in order to replace the old bronze faucet valve, I'd have to desolder the copper pipes from that aged plumbing fixture with barely any elbow room to work inside the plumbing wall. There must be money in bronze fixtures at the rate thieves have been stealing the bronze water heads off sprinkling systems around Waikiki. Lolo (stoopid).