Shower Suddenly Stopped Working

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

  1. Galactus

    Galactus New Member

    Feb 13, 2010
    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

    Aug 9, 2009
    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.

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  4. SteveW

    SteveW DIY Senior Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    Omaha, NE
    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.
  5. Galactus

    Galactus New Member

    Feb 13, 2010
    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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