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riorio 03-14-2012 01:00 AM

Leaky bathtub faucet
Help! I have a leaky bathtub faucet and need to fix or plug up. Single mom who cannot afford a plumber. I don't really use this shower so would be ok without it. Is there any way I could plug it up or would that cause too much pressure in pipes? Definitely don't want to make the problem worse! Might be able to fix myself but the main water lever to house is old, rusted and really hard to turn. Kinda scared it might break too! Any suggestions greatly appreciated!

oh'mike 03-14-2012 06:17 AM

That's a tough one----It would be easiest to fix the bad valve----
You are right about the old main water shut off---they break frequently---

No way to plug up the tub spout without removing it---If you can post pictures--add a couple--
One of the main shut off and water meter (newer meters have another shut off built in)

And a picture of the tub valve so we can see what brand and how difficult it might be to fix it---Mike--

Just Bill 03-14-2012 07:29 AM

Need more info. Does it leak while taking a shower or drips/dribbles when the water is off?? If during a shower, you need to replace the spout diverter. If all the time, you need to replace the washers in the faucet handles. Not hard to fix for some people, but other people should NEVER touch a tool. If you want to try DIY, there are good DIY libraries in home, hardware stores. Basic plumbing books will show you the how'/why's.

riorio 03-14-2012 10:09 AM

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Tub drips constantly. Haven't used for over a month. Here are some pictures of the tub, and water valves also main box ( I think).

VIPlumber 03-14-2012 10:56 PM

You should be able to find shut offs for the shower valve just behind the plate under the shower handle. Pry the cover off the shower handle with a flat blade screw driver, should be a Phillips (star) screw holding the handle in place, remove it and slide the entire assembly off, handle, cover for the cartridge and escutcheon plate.

Should be flat blade screws, one on each side, turn to the left to shut off water to the whole assembly. Re-attach in reverse order and then pull shower handle open to drain any remaining water.

Let us know how you get on.

oh'mike 03-15-2012 06:36 AM

That main shut off valve in the picture is a ball valve----they seldom break----I would spray it with some penetrating oil and slowly work it closed.

You have a moen tub valve---they are easy to repair with a Moen cartridge puller---

The meter you showed us is the electric meter,and a very nice one,I must say.

Water meter might be inside the house right behind the pipe--or it could be on a box near the street--

Lubricate the valve with the red handle and see if you can get it to turn--be gentle.

riorio 03-15-2012 10:43 PM

Thanks guys! I appreciate all the input. Actually got the water main shut off. WD40 did the trick. Having a frined of mine help me with it on Saturday. Hope it goes smoothly. Oh and Mike, glad you like the picture of my electric meter :)

oh'mike 03-16-2012 06:21 AM

Buy a cartridge puller---remove the brass retaining clip--pull cartridge--clean valve body with fine sandpaper---flush clean with water (a spray bottle )--lube the new cartridge--insert--put retaining clip back on---test---if cold comes on when it should be hot--rotate shaft 180*--

bob22 03-16-2012 10:31 AM

"lube the new cartridge": get some plumber's grease at store; it won't hurt the rubber bits in the cartridge unlike grease or oil-based products.

Budoy 03-16-2012 06:57 PM

Moen brands were life time warrantied, I got same problem a year ago,I pulled my old cartridge to the faucet and gave it to HOME DEPOT and they gave me a replacement cartridge for free they did not ask fo receipt.
Good luck.:)

riorio 03-17-2012 12:06 AM

So glad I found this forum! Thanks for all the help

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