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Old 06-23-2015, 02:29 AM   #1
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loose old (1960's?) single handle shower handle


We have a basement shower with an original old single lever handle that is loose and not staying in place.... ie: it will slip down or over and the shower will go alternatively too hot or too cold. It also is tricky to get it to shut off completely... gotta jiggle it a bit into just the right spot. I would like to repair/replace it and am looking for advice as to how to proceed. I've replaced double handle set-ups before but never the single handle type. This looks to be a "ball" and not a cartridge type. I haven't taken off the back plate yet as the screws seem to be stuck and I didn't want to be hasty and break something.... we're still using the shower.

I tried tightening a screw on the bottom of the handle , but it wasn't going anywhere.

Any repair I can do? Or will I need to replace it? IF so, thoughts on the difficulty of finding something that would be able to use the current plumbing set-up? (I realize that to answer the last you may need me to get that back plate off... just let me know)

Thank you for any advice!
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Couldn't figure out how to post picture on this forum but fo have some posted on another forum at the plumbingforums[dot]com/forum/showthread.php?t=7632
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I don't know the answer to your question, except to say that a 60s valve probably isn't pressure-balanced (to protect against scalding when someone flushes a toilet or otherwise uses cold water elsewhere in the house) and should probably be replaced with a modern valve at this point anyway.

Oh, and here's a clicky link to the pictures: http://www.plumbingforums.com/forum/...ead.php?t=7632
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