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How do you repair a leaky shower faucet?

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To fix a leaky shower faucet, begin by purchasing all the necessary parts. Shut off the water from going to the shower faucet and remove the faucet handle. Unscrew the stem assembly using channel lock pliers and repair the assembly parts. Check the faucet washers and replace them before re-assembling the faucet.

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How do you repair a leaky shower faucet?
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  1. Drain the water from the shower line

    Repairing a leaky faucet begins with purchasing of a shower-faucet kit. The kit contains all parts of the faucet. Shut off the water source after locating the water heater. Turn on your faucet to drain the water from the shower line.

  2. Remove the faucet handle

    Remove the end of the faucet and unscrew the faucet handle. If the faucet has two handles, you must unscrew all of them. After removing the centre screw, twist the faucet handle anti-clockwise until it comes off. You can wrap a rag the handle and remove it using the channel lock pliers.

  3. Repair parts of the stem assembly

    After removing the faucet handle, locate a packing nut or retaining clip on the stem assembly. Use a screw driver to remove the retaining clip or nut pliers. Unscrew and remove the stem assembly using channel lock pliers. Inspect the faucet washers for marks or tears. If the washers are damaged, replace them and check other parts of the assembly. Replace all damaged parts and apply plumbers’ grease to the threads. Assemble the faucet afresh and the faucet.

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