leaking shower handle

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Old 07-24-06, 06:38 AM
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leaking shower handle

In one of the showers in my house i have a leaking faucet. It's a shower without the tub and it only has 2 handles and the showerhead. To change the sealant i was planning on turning off the water supply to the bathroom and screwing off the knob and then applying the tape. Is this a correct way to do it? Is there anything i should know about taking off the handle? thank you in advance
 
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Old 07-24-06, 03:48 PM
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Sealant is not the problem. It is probably a bad washer. Turn off the water supply, remove the cap on the handle, remove the screw and pull off the handle (this may be harder than you think since calcium deposits almost "weld" the handle to the stem). Once the handle is off, you can remove the cover that goes to the wall (this may have silicone caulk sealing it). There should be a nut. Turn it counterclockwise until the nut seperates from the threads. Then slip the handle back on and turn the stem out. You should see the washer on the end of the stem. Replace it and reverse directions to re-install. Good luck.
 
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