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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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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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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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