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How To Fix A Leaky One-Handle Faucet Page 1


 

1. Single-handle rub and shower faucets have one valve controlling both hot and cold water. This valve sits directly behind the one large knob or lever. If your tub spout drips all the time, you need to fix this valve. The first step involves information and materials gathering. Next, turn off the hot and cold water supplies. Make sure the diverter is in the rub-filling position, then drain residual water out of the plumbing by opening the faucet to hot and cold water. Lay towels in the rub to prevent damaging the finish with tools and losing small parts.

 

2. Remove the handle of the damaged valve by first plying an index cap off the front with a dull knife or screwdriver and removing the screw hidden underneath. Pull off the handle. Remove any other parts obstructing the escutcheon, and then remove the escutcheon. Keep parts in a safe place. Line them up and orient them as they sit in the faucet. If its helpful, take digital pictures to remember how the parts went together.

 

3. Many one-handle tub and shower faucets have hot and cold shutoffs built in to the faucet body. Turn these off clockwise with a large slotted screwdriver. Integral stops are useful if you need to leave the water off for some time during a repair, and the only other turnoff to the tub and shower takes other fixtures out of commission. If youd rather, you may turn off water at the nearest shutoff valves instead.

 

 

 

 

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