Removing Locknuts on a Shower Faucet Removing Locknuts on a Shower Faucet

What You'll Need
A set of long shower valve wrenches
Phillips Screwdriver
Straight edge screwdriver

If you are looking to fix a leaky shower, you must remove the cover and get to the stem, where you will find the locknuts buried deep within the wall. A faucet is a tap or valve that controls the flow of liquid or gas through a pipe. Showers have a mixer tap, with a pressure balancing feature which helps to regulate the hot or cold water through the shower outlet. This process is made easy with the appropriate tools required to accomplish the task.

Step 1: Turn off the Water Supply

Before you begin the plumbing work, turn off the water supply. Then, turn on the shower faucet, so that the water remaining in the pipe is drains out, until there is no more water flowing through it.

Step 2: Locating the Screws

If you are unable to see the screws, take off the cold and hot plastic caps.

Step 3: Removing the Sleeve

Once the screws are removed, take off the knob or handle. Remove the sleeve which covers the stem.

Step 4: Locating the Lock Nuts

Check if the lock nuts are hidden or exposed. Special tools will be required if the lock nuts are located behind the wall. To accomplish this task, you need a five piece shower valve wrench set. Wrenches that are used for this task are longer, to fit behind the wall and reach over the lock nut on the stem.

Step 5: Removing the Lock Nuts

Slide the appropriate shower valve wrench over the stem. Push the wrench handle to one side, to get more leverage, and then turn it. Once it is loose enough, remove it. 

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