Shower Suddenly Stopped Working

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Galactus, Feb 13, 2010.

  1. Galactus

    Galactus New Member

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    After my shower this morning, I heard dripping water, so I turned the shower handle farther to the right to stop the dripping. But it didn't stop. I turned it to the left, but there was no water flow. I had just gotten out of the shower two minutes earlier, and now I can't turn on the faucet or shower at all! But the water keeps dripping out. If I try to plug the faucet, the dripping immediately comes out the shower head.

    It is a Moen single-handled faucet, the type that looks like a teardrop.

    I really need to fix this quickly, because water is being wasted, and we obviously need to be able to shower. I have never tried to repair a shower before, so please don't get too technical on me.

    Thanks in advance for any help I can get.
  2. johnjh2o1

    johnjh2o1 Plumbing Contractor for 49 years

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    Sounds like the stop in the handle broke. Remove the insert in the handle to expose the screw that holds the handle on. The big box stores should have a replacement.

    John
  3. SteveW

    SteveW DIY Senior Member

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    I'm not a pro, but if it's a single handle Moen with the teardrop-shaped handle, don't you pull the handle out to turn the water on, and push in to shut it off?

    If so, that's the style I have. I did have to replace the cartridge on mine once as it was filled with hard water deposits.
  4. Galactus

    Galactus New Member

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    The plastic handle broke, and there's a little cap I didn't know about, that you have to pry off, and then you can unscrew the whole thing. I thought I somehow had to pry off the entire handle, and I couldn't figure out how to do that.

    Now I just have to get another handle. Actually I'm relieved that it's something so simple.

    Thank you for the help.
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