Even if you're not too familiar with a bathtub or plumbing project, many of the steps to replacing an old or broken shower faucet are relatively simple. This project guide will show you how to change the shower faucet.

The shower faucet is the installation element of your local family center and you can find a variety of shower faucets. These faucets are available in three basic designs: a single-lever device that controls the water flow and temperature with a single knob, a two-lever device that controls hot and cold water separately, and a three-lever device that controls hot water with one handle regulates. Transfer the bathtub faucet to the shower head. If you want to replace an old shower faucet, the easiest way to do this is to choose a new faucet with the same style as the existing unit.

Your faucet uses a valve and handles system to control the temperature and flow of water in the bath or shower. In many cases, faucet problems are due to one of these factors. Replacing or repairing a faucet isn't difficult, but the process will vary depending on the nature of your installation and the problem. There are different solutions for annoying fittings or valves.

1. Water off

Important note: make sure to turn off the water before starting. If you can't find a valve to close the shower, turn off the water for the entire house (should be in the basement or outdoors). Then open the shower and let the pipes drain. When you turn the water back on, turn on all the faucets to vent any air that might enter. When the water flow is stable, you're done.

2. Remove the old bleed

Remove the shower head by turning the connector nut counterclockwise with pliers.

The faucet handle can be removed in a number of ways. Some have covers that can be pried open with a small screwdriver. One of the other videotapes has a small set screw somewhere on the handle. After loosening it with a universal wrench, you can remove the handle to access the following parts.
The remaining parts of the handle can be unscrewed or pulled out. Keep removing pieces until you reach the valve on the wall. If you have a bathtub nozzle, you can remove it with the adjusting screw or unscrew it by turning it counterclockwise.

3. Basic operation of the shower

The installation configuration in the wall is the type of shower faucet you will use. Hot water usually comes in from the left and cold water from the right. The two are mixed together in the valve, either raised to the shower head or lowered to the bathtub spout. The deflection shows the direction of the water flow.

4. Remove the old valve

To install a new shower valve, first, remove the old shower valve from the shower.

Cut drywall about a square foot from the other side of the shower valve to step on.
To locate the valve, drill one or more pilot holes on the side of the bathroom near the valve.
Measure an even square on the back wall and use a drywall saw to cut the part off.
The valve is mounted on a stringer between the stud bolts.
Use a hose cutter to cut the copper pipe. Cut off the pipes that lead to the shower and hot and cold plumbing.
After cutting the pipe, use a reciprocating saw to remove the valve that is still attached to the stringer.

5. Select a new valve

Make sure you are purchasing the correct valve for the faucet you plan to install in the shower. It should have two inlet channels for hot and cold water and two outlet channels for the bathtub and shower head. Each of these fittings is connected to your pipe by an external thread or an internal weld.
If your bathroom only has a bathtub or shower, you will need to close the second exit duct during installation. Bathrooms without a bathtub also have shower valves.
The valve itself must be the correct distance from the wall and be mounted on a bracket that extends between the studs.
When setting the appropriate depth for the stringer, consider the depth of the valve, the thickness of the waterproof wall, and the tiles or shower room. The instructions provided with the valve indicate the correct size of the valve and its piping.

6. Insert the new faucet post from the new faucet kit into the same location on the wall. Secure the post by screwing a new retaining nut onto the post and tightening it with a wrench.

7. Attach a new keyhole cover to the faucet post, then install a new handle. Using a Phillips screwdriver, tighten the handle with the handle mounting screws and place the new decorative cover on the handle.

8. Open the water shut-off valve and test the function of the new shower faucet.

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