- 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.
- TIP: 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.
- TIP: 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.
- FACT: The Romans began developing the town of Bath in present-day England as a spa in the first century C.E.
You Will Need
- Adjustable wrench
- Stem wrench
- Replacement parts
- Sketch (optional)
- Packing nut washer (optional)