A leaky shower faucet can waste water and energy. To repair a leaking Cole brand shower faucet, use a Bradley/Cole replacement single lever cartridge or an original Bradley repair kit because Bradley is the original equipment manufacturer (or OEM) of the Cole private label.
Things You'll Need
- Flat-head screwdriver
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- Adjustable wrench
- Channel-type pliers
- Bradley/Cole replacement single lever cartridge
Pry off the cover plate on the handle with a flat-head screwdriver.
Unscrew the screw in the center of the handle and remove the handle and escutcheon (wall cover plate).
Turn off the water supply at the built-in shutoff valves inside the fixture using a screwdriver.
Unscrew and remove the bonnet nut or retaining ring with an adjustable wrench.
Remove the cartridge assembly. Simply grasp the end of the valve with channel-type pliers and pull gently.
Rinse the inside of the valve body with clean water to remove any debris.
Push the new cartridge into the valve. Be sure to align it in the same direction as the previous cartridge so hot and cold controls are on the correct sides.
Replace the bonnet nut and tighten with an adjustable wrench.
Turn water back on at the built-in shut-off valves and reattach the escutcheon plate and handle.
Tips & Warnings
- Bring the old valve into the hardware store to make sure you are getting the correct part.
- DANCO produces a Bradley/Cole single lever cartridge replacement, part number 80461.
- Bradley, the original equipment manufacturer, also produces a repair kit (# 300-0760) which includes the cartridge (#300-0601), the gasket (#300-0602) and the sleeve and insert (#300-0935).
- Not all single-handle shower faucets use a cartridge in the control valve. Some use a ball type; others, a disc design. Open the handle assembly to make sure yours is a cartridge type.
- Photo Credit shower handle image by Leticia Wilson from Fotolia.com
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