Re: Shower faucet leak
Posted by hj on February 13, 2003 at 07:53:01:
In response to Re: Shower faucet leak
The seal at the stem is loose. Depending on what kind it is you may just have to tighten the nut to compress the packing. If it does not have a nut then the seal may be internal and the stem is bad. It should have nothing do with any leak inside the wall.

: We were getting a steady drip from the shower-head.
: Even when twisting both faucets hard-shut, there was
: a constant drip.
: The house is about 30 years old, with
: original equipment in the shower.

: I went to the hardware store, and described problem.
: The guy in the store suggested replacing cold & hot
: faucet stems, and seats. He thought my old seats
: were scarred, causing incomplete water shut off.
: I bought new stems, handles,
: seats, stem extraction tool, and seat wrench. I also
: bought a new shower arm and shower head and thread
: tape. I went home, extracted old gear, and installed
: new gear.

: I no longer have water drips when faucets are shut,
: and I think he was right, that replacing the seats
: fixed that problem.

: But, now I am getting leaks both at shower head
: and at faucets whenever I open either hot or cold tap.

: Here are the symptoms:
: When I remove the shower head, so
: that water runs freely out of shower arm, I get some
: slow dripping coming out of hot water faucet handle.
: When I remove that handle, the water is coming
: out of the stem.

: When I then replace the shower head (it's a fancy
: new massage-head unit), having carefully wrapped
: teflon tape around the arm threads first, I
: get some water dripping out of that joint. However,
: I get a lot (!) of water coming out of the hot
: water faucet stem, and also some water dripping
: out of cold water stem. Apparently the increased
: water pressure in the system due to water being
: forced out of shower head is exposing the leaking
: more obviously.

: I'm thinking maybe the seal between shower arm
: and the water main behind the tiles isn't good, though
: I did carefully teflon-tape that threading too, and
: hand tightened arm as far as I could.

: I'm at a loss. New seats, new washers, new stems,
: new handles, new shower head, new shower arm,
: new teflon tape, but drip drip drip. HELP!!

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