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If you have a shower head with a constant drip, follow this simple and easy guide to replace the rubber o-ring in your shower handle. Replacing the O-ring can help prevent hard water build up, rusting, and wasting water.

Be sure your water main is turned off, preventing water flow to your shower.
  • 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.

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Use your groove joint pliers to loosen and remove the escutcheon plate.
  • Use your groove joint pliers to loosen and remove the escutcheon plate.

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Using your groove joint pliers, loosen and remove the cartridge stem.
  • Using your groove joint pliers, loosen and remove the cartridge stem.

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Slowly unscrew and remove the stem completely.
  • Slowly unscrew and remove the stem completely.

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

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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.
  • 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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