Last Updated on November 30, 2019 by Terry Ohara
If you have recently bought a shower faucet and would like to try it right away, well, you have to hold on for a couple of minutes, or even hours. Yup, hours, since the installation process may take a while if you never had an opportunity to install such a faucet.
In addition, you know that even the best shower faucets require installation, and that’s why, in this article, I will be focused on explaining you the steps that you should pass in order to install your faucet properly. Just keep in mind that this will be the most general way, so, I’d advise you to follow mostly on the instructions given in the user manual.
First and foremost, I would highly recommend you to choose a shower faucet that has the same style as your previous one, since the installation is the easiest in this way. No drilling, changing, etc.
But, if you really need a different style, then this is still OK.
Moving on, before you start installing you have to ensure that your main water supply is turned off. This is fairly easy since once you locate the shut-off valve, the job is immediately done. Also, try to cover the shower floor with a canvas drop cloth so that the area in which you will be working would be clean.
The next few steps consist of removing the handles by using flat-headed screwdriver, spout removal, flange and valve assemblies.
Once this is ensured, prepare the new valves for action by wrapping them into plumber’s tape, and afterward try to install the new valve by placing it into the pipe in a clockwise fashion.
After that, install the sleeve by wrapping a cloth rag around the sleeve so that you can tighten it really well, and please, do not use a pipe wrench since you can damage the threads.
Moving on, now you have to install the flange. This is done by turning the handle clockwise so that you can close the valve and when you manage this, place the handle in the shut-off position. Yet again, try to avoid tightening a lot since you can damage the threads.
Finally, you have to apply bathtub caulk and later on, turn on water supply and try to see whether there are leaks. If there aren’t leaks, then you’ve done the job properly, and vice-versa.
Before we finish, please keep in mind that depending on the type of your shower faucet, the installation may vary in practice, and that’s why I’ve previously told you to read carefully the included user manual.
Overall, these are the most simple and easy to follow steps, and at the same time, this is the general way of installing a shower faucet. If you still have difficulties, do not hesitate to contact me, or by any chance, you really can’t do it by yourself, then hire a professional and let he/she does the job for you!