Request - help with shower faucet removal and install

Discussion in 'Shower & bathtub Forum & Blog' started by edserran, Jul 11, 2014.

  1. edserran

    edserran New Member

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    Location:
    Calgary, AB
    Hi there,

    I recently moved into a condo unit and I have a question about my bathroom tub and shower faucet. I’d like to replace the hardware as the handle feels a bit loose and is a bit old-looking. It seemed easy enough for me to fix: just take the screws off and pull the handle out and swap out for the new hardware. As I tried to pull the faucet handle and trim off I noticed the previous owner installed some sort of clear sealant (which had since started yellowing) around the faucet handle trim. It’s definitely holding the trim in against the tiles.

    My question is if you guys could help me step by step on how I should handle this and any tips you could give me. I guess I will need to scrape the sealant off before doing anything. But after that, do I need to exercise any caution while pulling this hardware off? Do I need to clean anything inside?

    I’m very new to home improvement (especially plumbing) so your patience is appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Emmanuel

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  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    It is a Delta faucet and many places sell the trim without the valve body. Just remove the two screws and pull the round plate off the wall. Scrape the caulking off the tile and install the new trim WITHOUT caulking.
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Location:
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    This "new and improved" web site does not allow editing the previous posting, at least not 'immediately', so I will add this to the previous answer. IF the valve is so shallow that the plate does not contact the wall, try pushing the valve back and wedging it in place. If it will not move, Delta makes some "add on" decorations which fit between the wall and the round trim ring to fill the gap.
  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    26,642
    Location:
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    This "new and improved" web site does not allow editing the previous posting, at least not 'immediately', so I will add this to the previous answer. IF the valve is so shallow that the plate does not contact the wall, try pushing the valve back and wedging it in place. If it will not move, Delta makes some "add on" decorations which fit between the wall and the round trim ring to fill the gap.
  5. edserran

    edserran New Member

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    Location:
    Calgary, AB
    Thanks for your reply.
    I will try to buy the trim as recommended and see if it works out. Just for my information I'd just like to know, is that common practice to apply caulking in place of the trim? Or do you think that they did this because the valve may be shallow as you described?
  6. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Location:
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    It is not a common practice and if the ring does not touch the wall call Delta 1-800-345-DELT and ask them to send you part number P34359 in the finish of the rest of the parts.
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