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Replacing Shower Faucet

Have you been woken up often by the sound of your leaky shower faucet? Have you grunted in disgust and sat wide awake in the middle of the night trying fix it? Have you then called the local plumber and asked him to repair shower faucet, but to no avail? And then decided that you can learn how to repair shower faucet yourself and failed miserably at that too? Have you considered replacing shower faucet? Relax, it's not as Herculean a task as you thought in your mind just now. Well, a little maybe, but not terribly. If you don't believe it, read the article below. It might change your mind.

 

How to Replace Shower Faucet

 

Shower faucet replacement has some very basic steps to follow. Basic to read and understand, but you might have to use all your plumbing knowledge and experience to actually go about doing it. Nevertheless, here are the steps to replacing shower faucet for your shower tub combo. Read on...

 

Step # 1
The first thing you need to do is buy the replacement faucets for the ones that are already in your bathtub. How to do that? Well, for starters, measure the holes that the faucet has left (or will leave) in the wall. Another thing you can do is take the old faucet to the store. Buy another faucet that matches the size of the faucet perfectly. If you're replacing your shower faucet as a part of a bathroom remodeling plan, then you can try out a different style and design.

 

Step # 2
Get home and first thing you need to do is shut the water supply. Else, you'll have a whole lot of water flowing out when you remove the old faucet to fix the new one. The next step, is to check for the panel at the rear which will help you access the main faucet. Ideally, there should be a rear access panel in the wall, so as to avoid any major plumbing disasters. So, find it, and remove it.

Step # 3
Next step, after removing the access panel is to check what type of system your faucet has. It most probably will have a two valve one. Now what you do is, remove the cap of the valve, so that the handle screw that is beneath it get exposed. Remove the handle for this handle screw.

 

Step # 4
Use a set of strong pliers to extract the nuts that retain the faucet together. Do this slowly, and as you remove each part, keep it in the same order as you remove it. This will make it easier to put the parts back together again.

 

Step # 5
After the nuts are removed, it will be easy to pull out the faucet stems from the wall. Do this gently, using appropriate screw drivers. You don't want to enlarge the hole in the wall. Otherwise, your new faucets might not fit in. If the stem has a retainer clip, then use needle-nose pliers to remove them.

 

Step # 6
The next step in replacing shower tub faucet is to fix the new faucet. Take a screwdriver and begin slowly fixing the new faucet stem to the base that you extracted. Fit it perfectly. Then, beginning with the last part that you removed, begin fixing back everything in the opposite order. If there are some extra spaces in the wall, after you have fixed the new faucet (which should not happen if you have bought a new faucet of the same size), you can seal it up with some good quality putty. This will prevent any leakage of water.

 

With those steps of replacing shower faucet, you can get a replacement for the leaky faucet in your shower enclosure. Good luck!

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