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How to Replace a Leaking Delta Shower Valve

A leaky valve on a faucet in a shower can be an annoyance as well as a waste of water. Calling a plumber to repair the problem can be expensive. To save the cost of a plumber, the repair can be handled by the homeowner with a little time and preparation. Most home improvement stores will either have the genuine Delta faucet repair kit or will have a repair kit from another manufacturer which is made to fit the Delta faucet.

Step 1

Turn off the water before taking anything apart.  If the shower has its own shut off, use it. Otherwise the main water shut off for the entire house will need to be turned off.  Place a blanket or towel in the shower to prevent chipping or scratching and also to prevent small parts from going down the drain.

Step 2

Disassemble the old faucet by first removing the set screw in the side of the handle. 

Step 3

Remove the gray plastic disc that was directly under the handle.  Remove the metal sleeve that slides over the whole assembly. These two pieces should slide off by hand.  Remove the brass ring that was under the metal sleeve that was just removed. A strap wrench may be needed to remove the brass ring. 

Step 4

Remove the faucet assembly.  It should have two parts to it, one part is blue and the other part is white. Separate the two parts by simply pressing on the blue part and twisting. 

Step 5

Remove the rubber seats and the springs from the blue part and replace them with the new ones from the repair kit.  Join the blue and white parts and twist together. Reassemble the faucet by simply reversing the previous steps. 

Things You Will Need

  • Allen wrench
  • Strap wrench
  • Faucet repair kit
  • Towel or blanket

References

About the Author

Damon Koch has years of writing experience ranging from software manuals to song lyrics. His writing has appeared in software manuals for Human Arc and on the CDs "Small Craft Advisory" and "Impersonating Jesus." He also has worked in building maintenance since 2004. He has attended Lorain County Community College as well as Cleveland State University.

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