How to Remove a Shower Valve

If your shower has lost pressure or you can't get the water to flow to the shower head, you may have a faulty shower valve. A couple of common indicators of a bad valve are if some of the water is flowing through the tub faucet instead of all flowing up to the shower, or if you can feel that the shower-control knob is not turning or engaging properly. The solution to this problem is to replace the shower valve, and the first step in that process is to remove the old shower valve.

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  1. Take out the screw holding the shower-valve knob in place. It is usually a Phillips head screw in the center of the knob.

  2. Try pulling the knob directly away from the wall to remove it. This rarely works the first time because the knob is often stuck.

  3. Use a gear puller on the knob if you have access to one, and the knob will come off easily. If not, hold a 1-inch-thick ("1 by") piece of lumber up against the shower wall. Slide the claws of a hammer behind the knob and pry it toward you, using the piece of lumber as the surface you pry against. The knob should come off with a little elbow grease.

  4. Take the threaded metal sleeve off the shower valve with a wrench.

  5. Use the razor knife and scraper to cut away any caulking that is blocking your access to the shower valve.

  6. Insert a wrench onto the shower valve, and turn it counterclockwise to loosen the valve. Unscrew the valve by hand, and you are finished.