If the faucet valve for your tub and shower malfunctions, use the steps here to make the repair.
You will need
- Adjustable wrench
- Stem wrench
- Replacement parts
- Sketch (optional)
- Packing nut washer (optional)
Step 1 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.
Step 2 Remove the cap and screw Remove the cap and screw from the faucet handle using a screwdriver, and take off the handle and escutcheon.
Step 3 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.
Make a sketch of how parts fit together as you disassemble them. This will make it easier to reassemble the parts.
Step 4 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.
To fix a leaking compression faucet, first try replacing the packing nut washer just under the escutcheon.
Step 5 Get replacement parts Take any damaged parts to a hardware store. Make sure you get the right replacements.
Step 6 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.
Did You Know:
The Romans began developing the town of Bath in present-day England as a spa in the first century C.E.