How to Replace Washers in a Tub Valve

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The washers in a tub valve regulate water, and need to be replaced occasionally. Swap the old washers for new ones with help from an experienced contractor in this free video.

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Video Transcript

Hi, my name is Chris Wade, and I'm a contractor in the city of Los Angeles. Today, I'm going to show you how to replace a washer in a tub valve. If you find that this is leaking most of the time the valves are going to have a washer on it. I'm going to show you an example right here. This is the washer. This washer right here over time will start to corrode, break, there could be a number of reasons and you want to replace that. What you want to do is you just want to pop the cap off the handle and you want to, and if you are going, when you replace these make sure you turn the water off at the main. Otherwise once these are removed you are going to have water all over your lap. So you just want to unscrew the handle, pop the handle off. And inside here you are going to see a valve, a shower valve, which is typically looks like this. It's either going to look like one of, a small little short one, or it could be a long one. Or it can be a long and fat one. Basically what you need to do is once you turn the water off and you get all this off you can pull this out and you need to basically check to see if these are bad. And if they are you can run down to your local hardware store, your plumbing supply shop or your home center. You basically need to find the matching kit in order to fix one of these things. And what you do you basically just put it back in the way you took it out. And there are a set of tools that are basically specifically for these stem valves. You can see there are different ones. So it's going to be a different, different type of tool. One you know this is for a very large one. This is for a small one. What you want to do is you just want to find the one that fits your particular one and voila the first one we tried. And you can see that it turns it and you use this little wrench to take it in and take it out. There's really not much to it. You just like I said you just find the right valve, replace it, fix it. Whichever you need to do. A lot of times it's easier just to replace the whole thing cause once these start to go these things are also probably corroding and just looking bad. It's better just to replace them all. You know if one's bad the other one is probably just behind it. And there's really not much to it you know. Turn off the water make sure the water is off. Find the right valve stem, find the right wrench. And you can do it save yourself some bucks.


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