07:09AM | 01/18/05
Member Since: 01/11/05
23 lifetime posts
Hello all,

I have a three handle shower faucet and when I turn on the cold water there is a leak coming from out of the handle (size of leak increases the more handle is turned). It isn't leaking behind the wall, only in the front out of the handle. Is this just a case of a loose washer in the valve stem? (It is compression type). I replaced the handle yesterday because it was worn so I'm wondering if I disturbed it somehow. Any advice would be appreciated.




07:48AM | 01/18/05
Member Since: 01/11/05
23 lifetime posts
Forgot to make it clear; leak only occurs when handle is turned on, and there is no leak out of the spout...


doug seibert

09:32AM | 01/18/05
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts
around the stem........

First try an easy fix: Open the faucet allowing the water to flow.......Take a wrench and tighten the CAP that surrounds the stem.........Just enough til the leak stops.......close the faucet

No luck?.....Well disassemble the faucet with the water OFF and replace the packing inside the the stem and lubing the "threads"


10:35AM | 01/18/05
I agree with Doug's stem packing identification and the tightening to cure. I mention that it may be a bushing and not a cap. Usually you have to take off the handle and the escutcheon to access the packing nut. This nut occupies the space between the stem and the stem body and it compresses the packing against the stem to keep water from leaking at that point. Same thing with wall hydrants outside.


07:41AM | 01/20/05
Member Since: 01/11/05
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Tightening the nut seemed to do the trick, thanks...
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