|Fig.1 Shower wrenches|
Supplies and Tools:
Hexadecimal shower wrenches
Hexadecimal wrench set-fold up
Small plumbing wrench
Shower seals kit
Stainless steel screw
Strap wrench with rubber strap
Michael works at Uncommon Good, a program teaching students green energy. His home is located in Upland, California, a beautiful neighborhood with mature trees in a rural setting. He had just purchased a century-old home and wanted to preserve its look. This time, the aging shower plumbing leaked water from the shower head and the faucet handle also leaked down the shower wall. This post addresses this problem.
This post shows the sixteen steps on how to replace a damaged shower faucet seal.
Step 1: TURN OFF THE WATER FOR THE ENTIRE HOUSE. Showers and bathtubs do not have stop valves, the only way to repair these plumbing parts is to turn the water off for the entire house.
Step 2: Fig.1 shows the shower wrenches. These kits handle multiple sizes for different manufacturers.
Step 3: Fig.2 shows the shower seals that will be replaced. Fig.3 shows a flat scraper removing the decorative Hot or Cold plastic edge. Fig.4 shows the shower handle cap has been removed.
|Fig.2 Shower handles|
|Fig.3 Removing handle cap|
|Fig.4 Plastic handle cap|
|Fig.5 Side-by-side handle |
and water stem
|Fig.6 Handle base|
|Fig.7 Front view|
|Fig.9 Hex tool|
|Fig.10 Decorative |
|Fig.11 Remove escutcheon|
|Fig.12 Inside assembly|
|Fig.13 Unscrew the |
Step 10: Fig.14 shows the stock tube side-by-side with shower stem. Fig.15 shows the water stem covering unscrewed from the brass bushing nut.
|Fig.14 Side-by-side water brass |
stem and stock tube
|Fig.15 Outer |
|Fig.16 Installing shower wrench|
|Fig.17 Using |
Note: Be careful not to loose the stem washer or Bonnet washer. Or if its broken replace it otherwise the water stem will leak in the wall.
|Fig.19 Bushing nut|
|Fig.20 Removing seat washer|
|Fig.21 Side View|
|Fig.22 Front View|
|Fig.23 The old seal|
|Fig.24 Several sized|
|Fig.25 New seal|
- From Fig.25 return all the parts to its original location. Replace the brass seal washer screw.
- Make sure the stem washer is in place before installing the water stem (usually cork or brown paper)
- Use the shower socket wrench and large Phillip screwdriver to re-install the water stem assembly.
- Replace stock tube onto brass bushing nut.
- Use a small plumbing wrench to re screw the stock tube onto the water stem, push the wrench away from you to tighten.
- Replace the stem on the shower bushing nut.
- Replace the metal stock tube base (metal) into the brass stem tip base.
- Re screw the hex screw back into the brass stem.
- Check the back of the escutcheon rubber seal and make sure its in good condition (prevent damages to shower wall).
- Replace bronze escutcheon by screwing it on the stem stock tube.
- Replace faucet handles.
- Re screw the Phillip screw in the middle of the handle into the metal base.
- Fig.26: Replace faucet cap either Hot or Cold.
- Turn on the water valves.
- Final check for leaks.
|Fig.26 Handle cap|
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