How To Fix A Broken Shower Faucet

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Before you can fix a broken shower faucet, you must first understand what style of faucet you have. There are three styles of shower faucets: the single-control, the double-control, and the triple-control. The single-control is the simplest of all types. It only has one handle and controls either cold or hot water depending on which way you turn it. Most single-control shower faucets are the cartridge type which we will talk about later in this article.

The double-control and triple-control both have two or three handles respectively. These handles control hot and cold water independently of each other so that you can get your desired temperature for your shower.

These two types of faucets are usually either disc or compression type as opposed to cartridge type like found in most single-control shower faucets.

The water from the shower has been leaking into the floor for a while now. I have finally decided that enough is enough and it’s time to fix the broken faucet.

The first thing I had to do was remove the handle to access the valve. Shower faucet handles can be removed in a variety of ways, but most of them simply pull off with a little effort. You may need to use an adjustable wrench or a pair of pliers if it is being difficult.

Once the handle was off, I could see that this faucet was damaged beyond repair and would need to be replaced. So I went to my local hardware store and picked up a new one. Be sure not to get one with too many bells and whistles (we don’t want any more leaks).

I attached it to the wall and then attached the water lines back up using some adhesive cement to keep them secure. After everything was set up, I used my fingers as plugs for each line while turning on the water supply so check for leaks.

A few drops came out at first, but I just waited until they stopped before turning off the water again and plugging up each hole with some waterproof caulk (this will also prevent any mold issues).

To fix a broken shower faucet, first you will need to remove the stem, then attach the new stem.

You will need the following tools:

1. Pliers

2. Adjustable wrench

3. Pipe wrench

4. Screwdriver

1. Remove Stem

First you must unscrew the handle and remove it from the stem. To do this, use a screwdriver to remove the screw at the bottom of the handle. Then pull up as you turn counterclockwise. You may need to use pliers to get it started but be sure not to mark or scratch your fixtures in the process (you may want to wrap your pliers in tape to protect the finish). Next, you must remove the trim sleeve that is covering the stem by turning it counterclockwise with an adjustable wrench or channel-lock pliers (be careful not to damage the finish). Once you have exposed the stem, use a pipe wrench or channel-lock pliers to unscrew it from the shower head assembly (which should now be accessible).

2. Install New Stem

Install the new stem by turning it clockwise until tight, using a pipe wrench or channel-lock pliers (be careful not to over

You can purchase a new shower faucet for about $50. There are some minor differences in design between faucets, but the basic process of replacing one is the same. You can do it in an hour or two with a couple of tools.

First disconnect the shower head by unscrewing it from the pipe coming out of the wall. Then turn off the water supply valves and open the shower to release any pressure.

Next remove the handle on top of the faucet by pulling it straight up and off. Behind that you’ll find a trim piece which you can also pull straight up and off.

Now you should be able to remove the stem by pulling it straight up and off. Once it’s out, take it to a hardware store and get a replacement stem with the same thread count and length.

Does your shower faucet drip when it’s turned off? Don’t panic. If you have a compression style faucet in your shower, then you should be able to fix it yourself. This type of faucet has two knobs (one for hot and one for cold) with stem screws that come out of the back of the handle. You can identify this type of faucet because you will be able to see the stem screws on top of each handle.

First, shut off the water supply to the faucet by turning off the knobs at the wall in your bathroom. Then remove the handle by unscrewing the cap on top and pulling up on the handle. Underneath you will see a packing nut which needs to be removed with a spanner wrench or a pair of locking pliers. There is also a small washer that may need to be replaced along with an O ring underneath it. The O ring can be removed with needle nose pliers and replaced with an adhesive cement such as Loctite. You can find all these replacement parts at your local hardware store such as Ace Hardware or True Value Hardware store in their plumbing department.

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Slide the faucet handle back into place. Smear a thick layer of adhesive cement on the shaft of the screw before you slide it through the hole. Tighten the screw down with a screwdriver. Do not over tighten or you will strip the screw. Allow the adhesive to dry for 24 hours before use.

What is adhesive cement? I’ve never heard of anything like that. Is it just super glue?

Once you have removed the handle, you will see how the faucet is attached to the wall. There are two basic types of attachment. The first uses a metal sleeve that slides over a pipe protruding from the wall and is screwed into place with a nut. The second involves a plastic piece that attaches to the wall without screws and fits over the end of a pipe protruding from the wall. Both of these must be removed in order to replace the faucet.

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