Stop That Dripping Shower Yourself


Your shower drips after you've turned it off. You try turning the handle in different directions to stop the drip, but it continues to annoy you. If this is a typical single-handle shower, with a few simple tools, you can fix that leaky shower yourself. Here are the steps to get this DIY plumbing project completed yourself.

Tools You Will Need:

  • flat-blade screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • channel lock pliers
  • old rags for cleanup

From the home improvement store:

  • tube of plumber's grease
  • replacement cartridge for the shower

Manufacturers design their own plumbing components so the easiest way to get the right cartridge is to remove the old one and take it to the store and have someone find a match for you.

Removing the Old Shower Cartridge

  1. Turn off the water to the shower by shutting the water off to the house.
  2. Remove the decorative cover over the center of the shower handle.
  3. Loosen the screw holding the handle on and pull the handle straight off.
  4. Place the handle aside to be used later.
  5. Pull the stop tube out that surrounds the cartridge.
  6. Remove the spring or clip that secures the cartridge in place.
  7. Using the pliers, grab the end of the cartridge and pull it straight out. If the cartridge resists, move it from side to side as you pull.
  8. Wipe off the cartridge and the hole in which it rested.
  9. Take the cartridge to the home improvement store and get a replacement cartridge.

Installing the New Shower Cartridge

  1. Place a small dab of plumber's grease on the rubber washer on the end of the new cartridge.
  2. Slip the cartridge into the hole with the end with the washer going in first. Turn the cartridge as you insert it until you feel it move into place.
  3. Use the spring or clip to secure the cartridge in the shower.
  4. Replace the stop tube over the cartridge.
  5. Push the handle over the end of the cartridge and secure with the screw.
  6. Push the decorative cover over the screw.
  7. Turn the water back on to the house and shower.

Problems You May Encounter

Corrosion is a problem with old showers. If you have any of the following problems, you may need a plumber to come to the house and finish this project for you.

  • The screw holding the handle on is stripped or corroded so you can't get the handle off. If you can get the screw out but can't pull the handle off, there is a special tool available that clamps onto the handle and forces it off. If you can't find the tool at the home improvement store, call a plumber to remove the handle.
  • The end of the cartridge is corroded so you can't pull the cartridge out. Each manufacturer makes a special tool to pull out its design of cartridge. If you can find this tool at the home improvement store, you can try to force the cartridge out yourself. Otherwise, the plumber will have the right tool to do this.


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Learning About Plumbing Services For The Kitchen

Hi everyone, my name is Bonita Ploursa. After living in my first home for several years, I decided the kitchen needed a drastic change. I spent the bulk of my time baking cakes, making candy and canning jam in my kitchen. However, cleanup was a nightmare due to the lack of a dishwasher. Furthermore, my sink area could only fit one small pot, which made it impossible to wash out my cookware. I hired a plumber to help route lines for a dishwasher and replace the sink. I also had my plumber install a nice garbage disposal in the sink. The process took very little time and no effort on my part. I would like to discuss this upgrade, and others like it, on my website. I will explore the various ways plumbers move pipes and install appliances throughout the kitchen.