How to Take Apart the Faceplate of a Shower Faucet

Nothing beats a good shower to wake you up in the morning or to relax you before you go to bed at night. But if your shower malfunctions and leaves you high and dry, you'll have to take it apart to get a better look at what's wrong. In that case, you'll want to take apart the faceplate of the shower faucet to get a better look at what's going on with your plumbing.

Removing the faceplate gives you access to the shower parts
  1. Remove the shower faucet handle cap. Look closely at the shower handle; you should see a thin line that shows where the shower handle end and the shower handle cap meet. Gently push a flat-head screwdriver into this line, and pry off the shower handle cap.

  2. Remove the shower handle screw. In most installations, this will be a phillips screw. Set the screw aside.

  3. Remove the shower handle by pulling it straight out. If the handle is hard to remove, spray it with penetrating lubricant, and let it sit for a few minutes. Another trick is to pour vinegar over the handle. This will help break down any calcified hard water deposits.

  4. Loosen the screws that hold the faceplate in place. Remove them, and set them aside.

  5. Remove the faceplate by pulling it out from the shower wall. If it seems stuck, try the lubricant and vinegar solutions from Step 3.


  • These steps are just a guideline. Always follow the specific instructions from your faucet manufacturer.