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Learn how to fix many bathroom plumbing problems yourself with the step-by-step instructions in this Howcast video series about bathroom repair.
You Will Need
- Adjustable wrench
- Stem wrench
- Replacement parts
- Sketch (optional)
- Packing nut washer (optional)
Turn off water
Turn off the water to the bathtub and shower at the shut-off valve. Let any remaining water flow out of the faucet.
Remove the cap and screw
Remove the cap and screw from the faucet handle using a screwdriver, and take off the handle and escutcheon.
Remove stop tube and cartridge
Remove the stop tube and cartridge with pliers if you have a washerless faucet. Washerless faucets use a single knob to control hot and cold water.
Remove valve stem
Remove the valve stem if you have a compression faucet with an adjustable wrench. If the stem is recessed, use a stem wrench to remove it.
Get replacement parts
Take any damaged parts to a hardware store. Make sure you get the right replacements.
Replace damaged parts
Replace the damaged parts, reassembling the faucet valve with the new parts in the opposite order in which you took it apart.