How to Fix That Leaking Shower

Is your shower constantly dripping? No matter how tightly you turn the handle, do you still have that constant drip-drip-drip? The repair is easy, and inexpensive. Here’s how!

This is an easy repair – once you’ve done it you’ll wonder why you put it off for so long!

Before you start this project, you’ll need to visit your local home improvement warehouse store. Here’s what you’ll need to buy:

    • A Flat Faucet Washer Assortment, should be around $2

    • A roll of Teflon Tape, should also be around $2

You’ll need these tools to complete the job:

    • A Phillips screwdriver

    • A flat-tipped screwdriver

    • An adjustable wrench

    • A sharp knife

Got your tools? Got your supplies? Let’s get started!

  1. Turn off the water to your shower. Usually that means shutting off the water to your entire place from the water meter. Mine is set in my front yard, about two feet from the curb. Lift off the concrete cover. Watch out for black widows! You’ll see a meter, and, above it, a handle that points at the meter. Turn the handle 90 degrees to the left. There! You’ve turned the water off to your house.

  2. I run the kitchen faucet to drain off the water still in the house’s pipes. Run it for a couple of seconds…it will run dry. If it doesn’t, you haven’t turned the water off completely! Once it runs dry, don’t forget to shut it off!

  3. In the shower, use the sharp knife to pop off the H or C button in the center of the Hot or Cold water handle. Don’t lose that cap!

  4. Use your Phillips screwdriver to back out the screw in the middle of the handle. Don’t lose that screw!

  5. Pull the handle off…it may take a little wiggling, but it will come off.

  6. Behind the handle there is usually a trim ring. Mine is composed of a metal tube that surrounds the faucet’s valve and a flat trim ring. If you twist the metal tube, the trim ring turns with it. The tube is threaded onto the valve. Twist the metal tube until it unscrews and comes off the valve.

  7. Most shower valves will have two hexagonal brass nuts; a large one that seems to go right into the wall itself, and a smaller, less-industrial looking one. Use your adjustable wrench to turn the larger one…the one that’s closer to the wall.

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