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How to Remove a Shower Faucetby HomeRepairExpert.com
The removal of a shower's faucet is the first step to either repairing or replacing the existing faucet. Thankfully, with the right knowledge and the proper tools, removing a shower's faucet is a straightforward job that can be completed within just a few minutes.
Things You'll Need
- Flathead screwdriver
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Plastic putty knife
- Shower step socket
Step 1Turn off the water to the house at the main water pipe. The water can be turned off by turning the main valve in a clockwise direction.
Step 2Pry the cap off of the end of the shower faucet with a flathead screwdriver. The cap rests flush against the faucet and it used to conceal the screw which attaches the faucet to cartridge valve.
Step 3Remove the screw that appears behind the faucet cap with a Phillips head screwdriver. Turn the screw in a counterclockwise direction to remove the screw.
Step 4Pull the faucet handle away from the wall to remove it.
Step 5Remove any caulking which appears around the faucet's escutcheon plate with a plastic putty knife. The escutcheon plate is the metal piece that rests behind the faucet's handle and sits flush against the shower wall. The plate operates to prevent water from entering the interior of the wall.
Step 6Slide the escutcheon plate away from the wall to remove it.
Step 7Remove the retaining nut that sits just behind the escutcheon plate. The retaining nut holds the faucet's cartridge in place. To remove the nut, slide a shower step socket over the retaining nut, then turn the socket in a clockwise direction. Shower step sockets are available at most hardware stores.
Step 8Remove the faucet's cartridge from the wall with a pair of pliers. Grasp the end of the cartridge with the pliers. Then pull the cartridge straight out of the wall to complete the removal of the faucet.
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