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So we’ve had a problem with a leaking shower for a while, and we can’t seem to find the problem. I tried to take the shower handle off again today, and I remember that I couldn’t initially find the set screw for the front part. (I want to see if it may be something as simple as a leaky washer).

Can someone tell me the model I should look for or how to get this front most piece off? Hopefully that’s it, and I won’t have to spend a pile of money!

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The temperature control (small) handle will pull directly off, exposing the innards. I believe on the Delta it is held in place via a rubber "O" ring.
 

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Thats a 1700 series Delta Monitor. The cap on the temp knob pries off. Under that, a screw holds the handle on. Be careful when removing the screw. When the screw is removed, the handle and the temp limit ring will come off. Then slide the outer sleeve off the valve body. Under that there is a large "nut" that needs to be removed. Then the pressure balanced cartridge can be removed. Take the old cartridge with you when going to get the new one. Delta has numerous cartridges depending on the year.
If that large nut doesnt come right off, spray it with WD-40 and tap on the nut all the way around. then try removing it again.
 

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Some of the older 1700 Monitors had 3 small 3/8" pieces of copper tubing holding the front barrel of the valve body to the rear water distribution tee. On these valve bodies, you have to hold back with a second set of Channellocks when taking off the nut.
If you don't hold back, you risk ripping the barrel off the valve body. If that happens, You have to replace the whole valve body in the wall.
 
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