Wednesday, June 26, 2013

How to Replace a Bathroom Shower Seal on the Left-Side

Plumbers Seal Kit
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Phillip tip screwdriver - hand
Plumber's wrench 
Stem seal kit 
Screwdriver flat-tip - hand
Shower wrenches
Slip-joint pliers

Mrs. Jackson called me from the PennySaver Advertisement about a small plumbing issue in the shower. Her home had galvanized plumbing and she had major pipe breaking problem all the time.
She was saving up for a complete re-piping of her home.

This post shows the four steps to removing a shower stem and replacing the rubber seal. 

Step 1: Fig.1 shows a sit down shower and it was missing the left knob. The left shower knob stem was constantly dripping. Use a Phillip screwdriver and remove the brass screw from the stem.

Fig.1 Shower valve
Step 2: Fig.2 shows that Slip-joint pliers were used to remove the trim brass fittings. The circular brass will unscrew from the base and then the base should fall off, but if it does not just pull off the wall. The room is needed to apply the shower valve wrench

Fig.2 Shower stems
Step 3: Fig.3 shows all the tools needed to remove and replace the hot water stem seal. Top with wire are the shower valve wrench kit. The gold handle flat tip hand held screwdriver is used in combination with the shower valve wrench to help twist the wrench. The lower half of the pictures shows the valve seals kit with 12-choices, ranging on thickness, size and flat or round tops. This is a professional kit and can be purchased at Plumbing Retailers.

Fig.3 The tools
Step 4: Fig.4 shows the Plumber's wrench was used to help remove the shower stem. These are the parts that will need to be re-installed in the shower. Now the hot water shower does not leak and Mrs. Jackson is anxiously waiting for his new brass shower trim.
Fig.4 Job done

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