How Do I Fix a Shower Handle?

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If your shower handle is faulty, it can cause damage to the water pipes it handles and increase water bills. Replace or fix your handle 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 fix a shower handle. If you find that your shower handles are not working properly, you're turning them and nothing is happening, most of the time that's actually going to be the actual shower handle itself. It's not going to be the stem. It's not going to be anything internal. It's going to be, and I'm going to show you why. You pull the cap off and inside there you're going to find a screw and you just want to undo the screw and you're going to want to pull it off and inside there, you're going to see a plastic insert right here that if you look real carefully it's going to have grooves on it that coordinate with your particular shower valve and as you can see once that fits in there that gives it that snug fit to turn this and operate the water. Over time these ridges will start to wear away and this thing will just basically spin is probably what you're finding out. So what you want to do is you want to make sure you get the right fitting that fits on with your shower valve and you just go down to your plumbing supply place, your hardware store or your local home center and you just find a couple different faucets. These are very inexpensive so I would suggest getting a matching set instead of just replacing one because visually you'll be able to tell right away. So go ahead and pick up a hot and a cold and the one thing you want to do is you want to take this with you because there are about three or four different types that will have different configurations inside here. So find the one that matches yours, bring them home, open up the package and you just basically put the hot on the hot, the cold on the cold and you just slip it on, make sure it fits nice and snug, replace the screw, get it in there nice and tight. Put the cap back on, wallah, there's nothing to it.


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