Two-Handle Shower Faucet Maintenance and Repair

What You'll Need
Crescent Wrench
Cartridge and Spout Body O Rings
Flathead Screwdriver
Petroleum Jelly

If you are having issues with your two-handle shower faucet, then money could be being wasted in your home. You will find that whenever there is a leak, gallons of water is being wasted. If the water that is being leaked is hot water, then you also have energy being wasted along with water. It is important that you know how to repair your two-handle shower faucet as quickly as possible to prevent any water or energy getting wasted.

Step 1 – Prepare for Compression Faucet

In order to prepare for this job, you will need to begin by getting the water supply cut off. This can be done by going underneath your sink and looking for the water supply valves. If you cannot find them, then you can simply turn off the water supply that goes to your entire house.

Step 2 – Removal

The metal cap that rests above the faucet will need to be popped off. Do this by getting your screwdriver and prying it gently. Underneath the cap is a screw that will need to be removed so that you can properly remove the handles. You may need to use your screwdriver for prying if the handles do not come right off. Turn the bonnet nut counterclockwise to properly remove it. Underneath the bonnet nut is a stem. You will need to turn this stem counterclockwise as well to remove it.

Step 3 – Washer

At the very bottom of your stem is a screw that will have a washer. The brand new washer that you have will need to be coated lightly with petroleum jelly. Screw it into place where the old washer was. You will do the same with your O rings. Once you have successfully reassembled the faucet, turn on the water to see if there are any leaks.

Step 4 – Cartridge Faucet

If you are working with a cartridge faucet, then you will find that most of the steps are similar. You will begin by turning the water off just the same as with the compression faucet. The metal cap will need to be popped off as well as the handles. Whenever you get to your retaining nut that is underneath the handle, you will need to get out your crescent wrench and twist it counterclockwise. With your pliers, remove the cartridge stem by simply twisting it. Remove the O rings with your screwdriver and coat them with petroleum jelly. Pry the retaining clip out with your screwdriver; look for it to at the base of your sprout. Remove the old O rings and replaced them with the petroleum jelly coated new ones.

Step 5 – Finish

Once you have successfully replaced the old O rings, you are ready to reassemble the faucet. You will need to simply reverse the steps that you took in taking it apart. Once you have the faucet put back together, you will be able to turn the water back on to check for leaks.