Single Handle Shower Faucet – Repairing A Leakage

After the single handle kitchen faucet repair, we are here again to present another ehow.com repair procedures.

Single handle shower faucets are always washerless and have some advantages over faucets with two handles which are generally compression-style faucets. Washerless faucets have fewer moving parts to develop wear and consequently last longer than compression faucets, which rely on applying or releasing mechanical pressure on a rubber washer to control the flow of water. A washerless faucet incorporates a disc, cartridge or ball design and does not require a great deal of expertise to repair. Before you begin, turn off the water supply to the tub.

Ball Faucet Repair
Step 1: Take the model number and make of the faucet to the home improvement store and purchase the correct rebuilding kit for the faucet.
Step 2: Remove the set screw at the base of and on the side of the handle with a flathead screwdriver and lift off the handle.
Step 3: Remove the metal ball cap by turning it counterclockwise; lift off the handle. If the handle is stuck, pry it up gently with a screwdriver to release it. If that does not work it may be necessary to purchase a handle puller from the hardware store.
Step 4: Lift out the ball seat and water control cam and the ball assembly and lever. Note how the ball fits into the faucet body because it will need to be replaced in the same position.
Step 5: Gently push a pencil into the spring loaded rubber seals in the basin of the faucet body and remove them. A pair of needle-nose pliers will also serve to remove them.
Step 6: Remove the rubber O-ring from the top of the faucet body and scour the basin and the ball assembly with a plastic scrubber to remove all mineral deposits without creating scratches.
Step 7: Lightly coat the seals and springs and the O-ring with petroleum jelly and replace the old ones with the new parts. Reassemble the faucet in the reverse order it was disassembled, turn on the water and check for leaks.
Cartridge Faucet Repair
Step 1: Remove the decorative cap on top of the handle by slipping a flathead screwdriver under it and popping it off. Remove the screw under the cap and lift off the handle.
Step 2: Cover the dome-shaped cap with masking tape and remove it by turning counterclockwise with a pair of channel-lock pliers then use the channel-lock pliers to remove the retaining ring by unscrewing it counterclockwise.
Step 3: Pull out the cartridge by gripping it with the channel-lock pliers and pulling it straight out. Lubricate the new valve gasket with a light coating of petroleum jelly and use it to replace the old valve gasket.
Step 4: Reassemble the faucet by following the disassembly process in reverse, turn on the water and check for leaks.
Disc Faucet Repair
Step 1: Remove the set screw at the base of and on the side of the handle with a flathead screwdriver and lift off the handle.
Step 2: Remove the escutcheon or metal cover, unscrew the cartridge mounting screws and lift out the disc cylinder. Note the placement of the cylinder so you can replace it in the exact same position.
Step 3: Take off the neoprene seals on the bottom of the cylinder, clean the seals and the cylinder openings with a plastic scrubber, and rinse in clear water. Reassemble the disc cylinder and replace it in the same position as it was when you removed it.
Step 4: Make certain the faucet is in the “on” position so the sudden blast of water does not shatter the discs when the main water supply is turned back on. Turn on the water and check for leaks. Replace the entire disc cylinder with a new one if the faucet still leaks. Cleaning the disc assembly is the primary method of repairing leaks. If necessary, follow the same process of disassembly, replace the old disc cylinder with a new one from the hardware store and reassemble the faucet.

Ball Faucet RepairStep 1: Take the model number and make of the faucet to the home improvement store and purchase the correct rebuilding kit for the faucet.Step 2: Remove the set screw at the base of and on the side of the handle with a flathead screwdriver and lift off the handle.Step 3: Remove the metal ball cap by turning it counterclockwise; lift off the handle. If the handle is stuck, pry it up gently with a screwdriver to release it. If that does not work it may be necessary to purchase a handle puller from the hardware store.Step 4: Lift out the ball seat and water control cam and the ball assembly and lever. Note how the ball fits into the faucet body because it will need to be replaced in the same position.Step 5: Gently push a pencil into the spring loaded rubber seals in the basin of the faucet body and remove them. A pair of needle-nose pliers will also serve to remove them.Step 6: Remove the rubber O-ring from the top of the faucet body and scour the basin and the ball assembly with a plastic scrubber to remove all mineral deposits without creating scratches.Step 7: Lightly coat the seals and springs and the O-ring with petroleum jelly and replace the old ones with the new parts. Reassemble the faucet in the reverse order it was disassembled, turn on the water and check for leaks.
Cartridge Faucet RepairStep 1: Remove the decorative cap on top of the handle by slipping a flathead screwdriver under it and popping it off. Remove the screw under the cap and lift off the handle.Step 2: Cover the dome-shaped cap with masking tape and remove it by turning counterclockwise with a pair of channel-lock pliers then use the channel-lock pliers to remove the retaining ring by unscrewing it counterclockwise.Step 3: Pull out the cartridge by gripping it with the channel-lock pliers and pulling it straight out. Lubricate the new valve gasket with a light coating of petroleum jelly and use it to replace the old valve gasket.Step 4: Reassemble the faucet by following the disassembly process in reverse, turn on the water and check for leaks.
Disc Faucet RepairStep 1: Remove the set screw at the base of and on the side of the handle with a flathead screwdriver and lift off the handle.Step 2: Remove the escutcheon or metal cover, unscrew the cartridge mounting screws and lift out the disc cylinder. Note the placement of the cylinder so you can replace it in the exact same position.Step 3: Take off the neoprene seals on the bottom of the cylinder, clean the seals and the cylinder openings with a plastic scrubber, and rinse in clear water. Reassemble the disc cylinder and replace it in the same position as it was when you removed it.Step 4: Make certain the faucet is in the “on” position so the sudden blast of water does not shatter the discs when the main water supply is turned back on. Turn on the water and check for leaks. Replace the entire disc cylinder with a new one if the faucet still leaks. Cleaning the disc assembly is the primary method of repairing leaks. If necessary, follow the same process of disassembly, replace the old disc cylinder with a new one from the hardware store and reassemble the faucet.

~ by mirksmith on June 6, 2010.

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