How to Dismantle a Shower Faucet

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    • 1). Shut off the home's main water supply. If you have a water valve that controls the water supply to the bathroom, turn the valve completely clockwise to cut off water to your shower. Otherwise, turn off the water to your entire house at the valve near the water heater or street.

    • 2). Turn the faucet on and let excess water drain.

    • 3). Pry off the snap-on, plastic cover over the center of the faucet, using the screwdriver. Unscrew the faucet handle screw by turning it counterclockwise with the screwdriver.

    • 4). Loosen a stuck faucet handle by applying penetrating oil to reduce corrosion. Wait a minute or two, then gently tap it with the handle of a hammer until it loosens. Pull the faucet handle away from the wall to remove it.

    • 5). Loosen the setscrew (if applicable) at the side or bottom of the escutcheon. Turn the escutcheon counterclockwise to loosen and remove it.

    • 6). Remove the bonnet nut on the faucet, using a socket wrench to turn it counterclockwise.

    • 7). Pull the faucet away from the wall with pliers. Unscrew the screw from the rear end of the faucet, using a Phillips-head screwdriver. Pull the threaded spindle away from the nut and slide the stem washer off the spindle.

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