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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.

  1. 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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  2. 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.

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    • 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.

    • 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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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.

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