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Shower Handle O-ring Replacement

What you need

  1. Shower Handle O-ring  Replacement, Shower Handle O-ring: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Be sure your water main is turned off, preventing water flow to your shower.

    • Using your flat head screwdriver, remove the screw from the middle of the handle.

  2. Shower Handle O-ring  Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Use your groove joint pliers to loosen and remove the escutcheon plate.

  3. Shower Handle O-ring  Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Using your groove joint pliers, loosen and remove the cartridge stem.

  4. Shower Handle O-ring  Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Slowly unscrew and remove the stem completely.

    • There may be some water leakage due to built up pressure.

  5. Shower Handle O-ring  Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 Shower Handle O-ring  Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Using your flat head screwdriver, remove the screw from the end of the stem cartridge.

    • Once the screw is removed, replace the damaged O-ring with the new replacement O-ring.

    • When installing a new O-ring, be sure the O-ring has a tight seal to prevent further leaking.

    • Once reassembly is complete and all parts are snug, turn the water main back on to allow water to flow to the shower again.

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Cori Fitzpatrick

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I have to change my shower handle, but the plumber asking me to change the shower valve also. But I can’t see any reason to replace the shower valve, is it really necessary to change it when changing shower handle.

Thanks.

Rose Geiger - Reply

This fixed the dripping shower head but now my shower handles are tight and difficult to turn and the water pressure is affected after replacing the o-rings. What could the issue be?

Cin - Reply

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