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Hello,

while I am quite at home in a materials synthesis laboratory, my
experience and knowledge of every day technical jobs is quite
deficient. However, I just purchased my first home and would like to
address such deficiencies by handling small jobs myself. So, I have a
leaky faucet in my shower and having never changed/installed new
faucets I was hoping to get some advice. Thanks so much in advance.

Regards,

Adrian
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Hello,

while I am quite at home in a materials synthesis laboratory, my
experience and knowledge of every day technical jobs is quite
deficient. However, I just purchased my first home and would like to
address such deficiencies by handling small jobs myself. So, I have a
leaky faucet in my shower and having never changed/installed new
faucets I was hoping to get some advice. Thanks so much in advance.

Regards,

Adrian



This probably isn't the advice you want, but do you own a yellow pages phone
book? I'm asking for a good reason. Actually, an excellent reason.

And, is your faucet the single handle type, or separate knobs for hot &
cold?


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Hello,


while I am quite at home in a materials synthesis laboratory, my
experience and knowledge of every day technical jobs is quite
deficient. However, I just purchased my first home and would like to
address such deficiencies by handling small jobs myself. So, I have a
leaky faucet in my shower and having never changed/installed new
faucets I was hoping to get some advice. Thanks so much in advance.


Regards,


Adrian


This probably isn't the advice you want, but do you own a yellow pages phone
book? I'm asking for a good reason. Actually, an excellent reason.

And, is your faucet the single handle type, or separate knobs for hot &
cold?


Suggest the same watch the pro do it or a good freind so you remember
next time as water has a bad habit of leaking , if you are really set
on it go to the local libray and study up about it , are they 1 or 2
handle cartridge or washers or ball system ,what brand can you tell .
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Hello,


while I am quite at home in a materials synthesis laboratory, my
experience and knowledge of every day technical jobs is quite
deficient. However, I just purchased my first home and would like to
address such deficiencies by handling small jobs myself. So, I have a
leaky faucet in my shower and having never changed/installed new
faucets I was hoping to get some advice. Thanks so much in advance.


Regards,


Adrian


This probably isn't the advice you want, but do you own a yellow pages
phone
book? I'm asking for a good reason. Actually, an excellent reason.

And, is your faucet the single handle type, or separate knobs for hot &
cold?


Suggest the same watch the pro do it or a good freind so you remember
next time as water has a bad habit of leaking , if you are really set
on it go to the local libray and study up about it , are they 1 or 2
handle cartridge or washers or ball system ,what brand can you tell .

===================


I was going to suggest that he take off the handle of either kind,
photograph what he finds, and bring the photo (or the camera) to a real
hardware store or real plumbing store. The problem for many people seems to
involve FINDING these stores, since everyone seems blinded by HD & Lowe's
neon.


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Hello,

while I am quite at home in a materials synthesis laboratory, my
experience and knowledge of every day technical jobs is quite
deficient. However, I just purchased my first home and would like to
address such deficiencies by handling small jobs myself. So, I have a
leaky faucet in my shower and having never changed/installed new
faucets I was hoping to get some advice. Thanks so much in advance.

Regards,

Adrian



When I bought my first home, I bought a Stanley Home Repair book.
It's a treasure trove of small jobs. It covers many different types
of faucets.

I have a dripping shower faucet too. Problem is, there's no shutoff
valve...I have to shut down the water main, and just haven't gotten
around to fixing it.

One good thing my dad taught me: always start plumbing jobs in the
morning so that you have plenty of time to make several trips to the
hardware store.


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On Feb 12, 12:23 am, ATR wrote:
Hello,

while I am quite at home in a materials synthesis laboratory, my
experience and knowledge of every day technical jobs is quite
deficient. However, I just purchased my first home and would like to
address such deficiencies by handling small jobs myself. So, I have a
leaky faucet in my shower and having never changed/installed new
faucets I was hoping to get some advice. Thanks so much in advance.


Leaky shower *faucet* or leaky shower *head*?

In other words, is it the thing that the water comes out of that you
shower with? If so, that's the shower head. (I've never heard of a
"shower faucet", personally, so I suspect you're talking about the
shower head. Unless you mean the bath faucet.)

The difference is important because one is kind of tricky to fix if
you don't know how, whereas the other is almost too easy. If you want
to keep the shower head, then you probably just need to unscrew it,
get some of that white plumber's tape and wrap it around the threads
on the pipe, then rescrew the shower head back on. If that doesn't
work, just buy another shower head and replace it. They're not
expensive unless you've got a really high end bathroom.

If the bath faucet is the problem, I'm probably not gonna be much
help.

- Jeff
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Yeah it is not the shower head, but the bath faucets. There are three
faucets - hot, cold and shower. Thanks for the help, I guess I will
just call up a plumber and take some notes.

Thanks for the responses.
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Yeah it is not the shower head, but the bath faucets. There are three
faucets - hot, cold and shower. Thanks for the help, I guess I will
just call up a plumber and take some notes.

Thanks for the responses.



Why call a plumber? I gave you a perfect solution earlier, involving a
camera and a trip to a real hardware store. You can probably fix this for
under ten bucks in parts. Tools are another story, but they are never
included in the budget, much like the war in Iraq.


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