Tub and Shower Stem Compression Faucet Repair and Installation

Intro

Tub and shower faucets work much like sink faucets, but they are oriented horizontally rather than vertically and their parts are usually larger. A two-handle stem shower faucet has a stem with a washer that presses against a seat to seal off water. A three-handle unit adds a stemlike diverter to direct water up to the shower or down to the tub spout.

Getting the parts
Often leaks can be fixed simply by replacing the washers. Even if you need to replace the seats or stems, it's easier to repair than to replace an old shower faucet, because replacement requires opening the wall. If parts are hard to find, order them at a plumbing-supplies store.

Checklist

Time
An hour or two for most repairs

Tools
Screwdrivers, handle puller if needed, adjustable wrench or groove-joint pliers, stem wrench or seat wrench if needed

Skills
Shutting off water, dismantling a faucet, installing small parts

Prep
Shut off the water, close the tub stopper, and place a rag in the tub to catch any loose parts

Materials
Washers, O-rings, seats, new stems if needed

Step 1

Shut off the water. Turn on the faucet until the water stops running. To remove the handle pry off the decorative cap and remove the screw, using a hex wrench or screwdriver as needed. Lift off the handle.

Step 2

If the stem protrudes far enough past the wall surface, loosen it with an adjustable wrench or groove-joint pliers. For a recessed stem, use a stem wrench.

Step 3

If water seeps out around the handle, replace a worn packing washer or stuff thread packing around the stem and into the cavity behind the packing nut.

Step 4

If water drips out the spout or the showerhead, replace a worn washer with a new one that is exactly the same.

Step 5

If replacing the washer does not stop the leak or if washers wear out quickly, remove the seat with a seat wrench and replace it. Or grind the seat smooth with a seat grinder.


Comments (8)
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bbplace53 wrote:

I have a drippy tub faucet. I removed it put a new washer at the end. Are there addition washers. I ask the guy OSH and he said no but it is still leaking.

8/13/2011 11:07:39 AM Report Abuse
brendamurphy303 wrote:

i have part need to know how to fix it

7/1/2011 01:54:05 PM Report Abuse
brendamurphy303 wrote:

help please 3s-10h/c

7/1/2011 01:52:46 PM Report Abuse
brendamurphy303 wrote:

delta faucet

7/1/2011 01:51:07 PM Report Abuse
brendamurphy303 wrote:

i have delta faucet this one dont help me

7/1/2011 01:49:20 PM Report Abuse
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