Shower Faucet Repair (thorough step by step.)

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Shower Faucet Repair (thorough step by step.)

this is what we’re here to repair no matter what we do we have a dripping a very significant one you know fear showers have these little directional arrows little caps over you get pretty nasty pry those off and before you put this back clean it up because whoever can clean the bathroom you can clean the surface but underneath you can’t clean and so when it before you put any of this stuff back clean that up inside is a screw the holds that handle on now there’s going to vary by design these designs are crazy and how they vary even the same company will have different designs I probably do it because obviously it Philip said go ahead and get this loose really simple Oh one tip before you get things too loose cover that up last thing you want is for your screws and stuff to go down the drink if you’re doing this at someone else’s house other than your own make sure you do not use the nice towels or whatever use something that people aren’t gonna mind getting dirty there we go now this one actually a two part yeah this little metal thing it’s kind of wedged in there pretty good but that actually will come off so be careful that connects to the end of the stem that’s the stem right there so we’ll get mo to get to it you got to take off this pretty cover you’ll want to clean this too before you put it back clean that handle before you put it back because the back of its hollow there’s nobody to clean it let’s see take it apart we’re going to take this off sometimes these get pretty stuck on there and sometimes you have to get a screwdriver and gently pry it loose around the back like that be very very gentle if it’s a porcelain shower or fabric lesson like this it’s gonna break really easily there we go got it Nancy that is we’re going to clean that out for you put it back in there we put caulk on it necessary got the base that’s dim that you can’t really see there is a something similar to a nut or socket that can be grasped by a tool like this I bet these at hardware stores or plumbing stores sometimes I’m deep on those won’t carry I prefer to go to a sore true value but on the case of these bizarre things I couldn’t even find one to fit unless I went to a specialty store in this case it was handy Ace Hardware in Tucker Georgia but this is specific size just for this one you’re going to have to do a lot of trial and error but you’ll notice one problem that fiberglass tub is in the way because when they install these they install I’m just big enough to get this hole through this stem through never would they thought of ever needing to repair it so along with your technicalities faucet wrenches faucet sockets I have a dremel tool little rotary tool with a little tiny grinding bit at the end I just go to Brandon so let me put up the set up the camera and y’all can watch me grind away and then start by just poking some holes around the perimeter I don’t want to go outside this grind line if you wanna call it that don’t want to be out here want make sure I’m well within that but I want to make sure I leave enough room for the total get there where we go you you okay once I’ve got my holes now I’m going to use a bit a little differently try and drag it around to connect all those holes together make one gigantic hole yeah what says you poke through you’re going to feel the depth of the plot the fiberglass they’re gonna be places where it’s going to feel like the bit won’t go through it’s hitting something else there’s there’s more resistance better than just the fiberglass that’s because

behind this is of course the framing to your wall and sometimes framing supporting the plumbing so if you just pull this out there’s the outer layer of the fiberglass or pretty part we don’t get to see in this step it looks like cardboard back here pull that out too it’s really now you can see a bit better what’s in there now you know how well you can see that I’ll take a picture of it but there’s the there’s where our wrench is going to grab onto you back in there these are actually designed to fit more than one size I believe this is the size of it then nothing wrong now you have to make sure you have the right size it’s about a three hundred dollar mistake if you strip that out in there if you get one plus and wiggle too much like this one there’s a cheaper one like an get it home depot or lowes these strip things out these bend these are not very good you can actually see a little scrape there where it started the strips where previous application so we want to make sure we have a good firm fitting one nice big adjustable wrench and this is going to take you make more drawers these are usually very hard to get off sometimes to the point of you can actually bend the plumbing underneath and you don’t want this to come off at all nice and snug in there you don’t want to pull away from the way from the shower I’m actually standing in the shower to get some good traction here joltin enough full camber loose but she’s out she’s out of it she’s loose none give a hand now you can see what the problem is when we get in here that’s the bottom of the stem right here and you see that flat-head screwdriver is holding in a tiny little washer is a rubber washer and that’s what’s messed up that is worn out we’re going to replace it with a new one damn here the business end of the stem real simple flathead there get that out sometimes these are kind of hard to get loose too in this case it’s not now you can buy these washers specific size at a hardware store for pretty cheap I usually will get sort men pack because you don’t want to have to stop and drive to the hardware store and hope you and go find washers in the middle of your repair and there’s a huge crazy variety of what kind of washers you can get there’s this is a flat washer then this is slightly bigger that’s the wrong size here’s one that’s slightly bigger and it’s kind of dome shaped that’s the wrong thing there’s enormous one that’s wrong so you can buy the wrong thing pretty easily here’s the right one simple flat washer exact same size it should fit easily in here she goes just like that take the screws slide it back in there now there’s no way you can really mess up this repair pretty easily you can see how much fatter this new one was versus the old one these new ones are a little thicker this is just so worn out and it has this groove in it or it’s seated see that groove pretty easily that’s why we have a leak so slowly listen drip drip drip and get that in there much we came with our finger now here’s where you can make up make the mistake don’t make this too tight it’s real easy to tighten this to the point that you deform that washer all that screenings do is hold that washer in place next now we’re ready to go back in the hole and halfway through I feel when real gentle because the last thing we do is cross thread that booger in there because that piece that manifold is what

it’s called it connects all these they started around 100 bucks so I’ve got her finger tight just reverse before John there once again you do not want is to be pull women snug in there so you don’t strip anything you don’t have to get it too tight feels harder pulling it off because it’s stuck it’s been there this has been here for 30 years do you don’t need to get it too terribly tight if it’s leaking you’ll know quite quickly he was a little tight knit or whatever you need to do now better go clean these uh these nasty pieces before we put them back on make it look nice ready to roll got a cleaned up is not perfect looks like there and it did chromes got a little uh tarnishing on I can’t go to that it’s all that better okay once again it’s a pretty shiny part back home flange we didn’t see this apart before this was lodged down in there can’t get it loose this goes on the end of our skin he remember that was like a star bit slides on there that square piece fits on there there we go now they screw let’s back in there sit what they look down do not use power tools good way to ruin $150 over here another part 100 bucks for a cheap one it’s good then our little cap cleaning up the best I could snaps when I gone you want to look at the arrow in the direction they want it in that makes sense and you’re good to go you yes-no grips no grips that one just hanging there waiting to prove me wrong there’s no water coming out so she’s going to hang there okay I hope that hope to help you out hope you found that useful and hope it helps you repair your own leaky showers and if you would do me a favor like the video subscribe and check out my other videos and you know click the link or two on your edit thanks