How to Remove Shower Handles?


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The hot, humid environment inside a bathtub or shower stall is terrible for the handles. Mineral particles can make them translucent if you have rough water, and water from a dripping showerhead can discolor them. Corrosion may also affect the threads on the valve stems, causing the handles to loosen. Replacing the handles on your shower and tub faucets is one of the most accessible plumbing jobs you’ll ever do. In this article, we are going to discuss how to remove shower handles.

Of course, it’s a brilliant idea to turn off the water supply before doing some faucet repair, but this measure isn’t necessary if all you’re doing is changing the handles. American Standard bathroom fixtures are just as they appear to be: standard and dependable. They’re attractive, blend in well with your bathroom, and are moderately priced. Any high-quality bathroom fitting, though, would need to be replaced after a certain amount of time has elapsed.

In addition, shower handles are particularly fragile because they contain valves that can fail over time. Maybe the handle is rusted, it leaks perhaps—whatever the case might be, you’ll have to repair it at some point. In any case, everyone should be able to work out how to repair a bent shower handle just by thinking about it. We’ll teach you how to remove the shower handle on your own in this article.




Turn off the water supply

water supply valveSwitch off the household’s water supply (that is- if you cannot, shut off only the water supply to the separate bathroom you will be working on).

Preventing Splashes

Allow some water in the pipes to drain by opening the shower handle. Since you’ll be opening the valve in a split second, you don’t want the excess water poured on you, and this is needed.

Remove the Screws

Raise the handle now. You’ll see a hole where you can put the Allen wrench and remove the handle’s fixed screw.

Removing the Handle

Pull the handle into the body to remove it. Let it down and have a look at what you’ve got now that the handle is gone. Pay close attention to the screws that secure the wall plate to the bathroom floor. Some businesses do not use precise screws in this region, but American Standard does.

Since these two screws are very long, take your time unscrewing them. Next, remove the plate from the oven. It will reveal a white-colored valve.

Remove the Valve

The cylindrical valve is now made of a rubber-like material (formerly made of ceramic!). Three regular screws bind it to the remainder of the cartridge. The adjuster ring, which is made of a colored rubber-like material, is visible on top of the valve (in the ceramic type, this ring will be made of colored metal and can be used again with a new valve).

Remove the three screws and the valve

You’ll see one perfect circular hole and two squished-up holes where the valve was connected to the rest of the structure. They look like those skeleton masks from horror movies, complete with squished up, downward-sloping eyes, and a crying, gaping mouth–you get the picture.

Note that the perfect circle must have been on the right and set the valve aside.

Taking the O-ring Off the Cartridge

You’ve revealed a metallic structure now that the valve has been removed. It is the cartridge in question. An O-ring is secured to the cartridge with three flat-head screws. (You’ll see that this metallic ring encircles a configuration that correlates to the valve’s circular holes.) Detach the ring from the cartridge by removing the flat-head screws.

Taking the Cartridge Out

The cartridge is now held in place by nothing more than simple friction. Using the screwdriver as a wedge, take out the cartridge (because your fingers may not behold when it is entirely inside the wall).

Make Repairs

There is a big hole in your bathroom wall now that the cartridge has been removed. You can clean the cartridge-sized opening, inspect the cartridge for injury, and repair it if necessary. When the concealed cartridge was within the wall, it had two colored circles on the hidden hand. The snap-on connectors to your water lines are these. There will be two openings in the wall that lead to each other.

As a result, before replacing or reinstalling the cartridge, ensure that these circles are correctly matched with specific gaps. The cartridge is then pushed all the way in, and the O-ring is attached.

Replace the valve

If the valve is in good working order, you should reinstall it. If it is broken, you should replace it with a new one. Replace the screws and align them properly with the skeleton-faced openings. The handle would be attached to the big valve by a rubber piece. Again, be sure this is well balanced, so there is no difference when connecting the handle

Re-bolt the Wall Plate and re-attach the Handle

Until reinstalling the wall plate, slip in the shower handle. If it leaks, double-check the alignments and tighten them up if necessary. Re-attach the wall plate with three regular screws, and the shower handles with a small fixed screw if anything looks good.



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