How to repair a shower & bath

Insert the handle of a hammer or suitable prying device into the spout opening and turn counterclockwise. Clean the threaded portion of the pipe nipple with steel wool or a wire brush. Apply pipe dope or pipe tape and screw spout on clockwise. In the case of plastic spouts, care must be taken to avoid excessive pressure which to avoid excessive pressure which could crack the spout. Do not use Teflon thread tape or pipe dope when installing a plastic tube spout.

Replacing/Repairing Shower Head

Always protect the chrome finish of all parts with tape. Use a wrench or pliers to turn the locking collar counterclockwise to remove shower head. Unscrew the shower head from the collar, check washer for wear, remove faceplate from shower head and thoroughly clean inside of shower head with a solution of vinegar and water to remove mineral deposits. Clean threaded section of shower arm with steel wool or wire brush.

When reassembly, use pipe dope or pipe tape on shower arm and screw shower head on clockwise. Turn on water and check for leaks. Tighten collar further if necessary. Note: If shower head or arm are plastic, take care not to crack them when tightening. Do not use Telfon thread tape or pipe dope when installing a plastic shower arm or head.

Adjusting Trip-Lever Mechanism

Remove screws holding the overflow plate and pull entire linkage forward through hole in tub. Loosen locknut found at the base of the yoke and turn threaded rod clockwise to raise plunger and counterclockwise to lower plunger. Tighten locknut after making adjustments.

You may have to make several adjustments to get the correct linkage length to ensure plunger sealing and opening correctly. Too long a linkage will seal the drain but not allow proper drainage when opened. Too short a linkage will prevent proper sealing of drain and allow water to run out of the tub.

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Replacing Trip-Lever Mechanism

Remove the screws holding the overflow plate and carefully pull the entire linkage out through overflow opening. The linkage is hinged to allow easy removal. Attach new linkage to trip lever and slip into overflow tube through tub opening. Lower linkage carefully until plunger seals itself properly. It may be necessary to adjust length of linkage as described above to ensure proper opening and sealing of drain.

Pop-Up Drain Repair

The trip lever mechanism for pop-up drains is similar to the trip lever drain but ends in a spring rather than a plunger. The spring seats on the rocker linkage and raises or lowers the stopper. Adjustments to this linkage are made in the same way as described for trip-lever mechanism. To repair the rocker linkage, lift the stopper up and gently pull the entire linkage out through the tub drain hole. When replacing the linkage, be sure the bottom curve of the rocker arm faces down.

Repairing Ball Type Tub & Shower Facuets

Turn off water supply valves and drain lines by turning on faucet handles. For lever style handles, locate set screw holding handles, loosen and carefully pry handle off stem or use faucet handle puller. Round style handles require the removal of the decorative cap and screw, and prying off of handle.

Cover the cap with tape to protect the finish, and uisng pliers, unscrew counterclockwise. Lift out cam assembly and ball, then, using a pencil or sharp tool, lift out seats and spring. Check all parts for wear and damage and replace where necessary. When reassembly, be sure that slot in ball slips into pin in valve body and that lug on cam assembly slides into slot on valve body. Screw cap on clockwise and replace handle. Turn on water and check for leaks. Tighten cap further if leaks develop.