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Old 08-24-2009, 11:49 AM   #1
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My showerhead is dripping at a slow pace and I attempted to fix it via the instructions in this video
http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-...ing-showerhead

When I took the showerhead apart, I didn't find any O-ring in it, so I'm puzzled why that is so. But even if there is an O-ring in it, I don't see how it would stop the leak because I noticed that the slow drip comes from the tube connected to the wall. Any insights will be much appreciated.

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Old 08-24-2009, 04:24 PM   #2
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If your shower head continuously drips the problem is not the shower head. It is the valve where you turn the water on and off in the shower/tub. Normally the valve can be removed and replaced (or re-packed if it is very old) and it'll work like new. Just turn off your water service and bleed the water pressure from the line before taking anything apart.

Make/model of the valve and some pics often helps.

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If your shower head continuously drips the problem is not the shower head. It is the valve where you turn the water on and off in the shower/tub. Normally the valve can be removed and replaced (or re-packed if it is very old) and it'll work like new. Just turn off your water service and bleed the water pressure from the line before taking anything apart.

Make/model of the valve and some pics often helps.
Thanks for your help, unfortunately I have no idea of the make/model of the valve, I've uploaded a pic of what I think is the shower valve
http://www.flickr.com/photos/2022870...n/photostream/

If it is of any help at all, here's a pic of the shower head
http://www.flickr.com/photos/2022870...n/photostream/

I found this video of how to take the valve apart but I didn't find a screw to take apart the valve cover, any ideas?
http://www.ehow.com/video_2329570_fi...id-number.html
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the tip of the handle is probably a small cover. see if you can pry it off and get access for removal.
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the tip of the handle is probably a small cover. see if you can pry it off and get access for removal.
You are right, thanks! I am able to remove the cover, now I have to take it apart
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Good. Now just don't forget to kill the water to the shower valve (and bleed it off using the shower or a lower valve in the house) before you take it apart.

Some of the valves just lift right out, some of the older or metal ones must be unscrewed. A home center will have a replacement. If you strike out then just go to a plumbing supply store.
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Well great, I managed to get the screw off but the handle is stuck, I'm thinking it's due to 10 years of calcification, any ideas? Also as you can tell, I have polished brass and the instructions for CLR and Lime Away say not to use it on such surfaces but I may not have a choice. Has anyone use CLR or Lime Away on polished brass and if so what does it do to it? I've tried to soak cotton balls with vinegar and left it overhead in the screw opening but it hasn't worked either. Any insights will be much appreciated.

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I went to Home Depot and a certified plumber employee there recommend a handle and sleeve puller kit as pictured here
http://www.idealtruevalue.com/servlet/the-55421/Detail

Is the right tool to use?
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Before using a puller, make sure that the 'bell' shaped portion of the handle does not unscrew, taking the remainder of the handle assembly off with it.
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Before using a puller, make sure that the 'bell' shaped portion of the handle does not unscrew, taking the remainder of the handle assembly off with it.
If I understand correctly what you mean by the bell shaped portion of the handle, it's what's stuck and I trying to remove so I take out the escutcheon and the face plate to get access to the valve itself. Sounds like you are saying something different though, please advise and thanks for your help.

For clarity, I drew an arrow to the part that is stuck for me that I'm trying to remove
http://www.flickr.com/photos/20228702@N03/3887418360/

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Sorry about that. After re-reading it, it was a bit hard to understand.
Though this is not the same model as yours, I think this instruction maual may help you.
http://www.moen.com/shared/pdf/instr...ts/INS796C.pdf

Is this where you said you removed the screw from?
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Sorry about that. After re-reading it, it was a bit hard to understand.
Though this is not the same model as yours, I think this instruction maual may help you.
http://www.moen.com/shared/pdf/instr...ts/INS796C.pdf

Is this where you said you removed the screw from?
Thanks for the manual and yep, that's where I removed the screw from. It finally occurred to me that I have the exact same shower valve in the other bathroom, and that one came out easily after removing the screw, so it's definitely calcified. I've called a plumber to help because I don't want to break the handle accidentally and have to replace the entire setup. Thanks for your help so far.

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