How to Remove Old Shower Faucet – DIY Tips in Short

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If you are a plumber or you have attempted some plumbing tasks at your home, then you probably know that there is a wide variety of shower faucets in the market. Shower faucets are available in three styles.

Number 1- single-handheld (use a single control to control temperature and water flow). 

Number 2- two-handheld (have two separate controls for cold and hot water).

Finally, Number 3- three-handheld (regulate cold, hot, and convey water from the tub faucet to the showerhead).

However, if you want to remove your old shower faucet because, for some reason, you need some basics. The process is not complicated. You can have it smoothly done after reading this article.

How to Remove an Old Shower Faucet

Step By Step Guide

How to Remove Old Shower Faucet

Things Required.

You need the following tools to remove your old shower faucet; flathead screwdriver, adjustable wrench, slip-jaw pliers, and the Philips screwdriver.


Always make sure that the water supply is shut off before you attempt to remove the faucet.

  1. 1
    Go to the main shut-off valve or water meter and turn off the water supply to the bathroom.
  2. 2
    Between the trim cap at the end of the handle and the old faucet, slip a small-sized flathead screwdriver and pull out the trim cap.
  3. 3
    Into the screw inside the faucet handle, insert a screwdriver. Grasp the handle firmly with your one hand, and turn it anticlockwise to take out the screw and make the handle lose. Take out the handle from the faucet mount.
  4. 4
    Behind the edge of the escutcheons, which shield an opening in the wall behind handle mounts, slide a screwdriver(flathead) and gently pull out the escutcheon from the wall.
  5. 5
    Find the holding nut on one of the faucet posts found simply inside the opening, which was secured by the escutcheon. Make it loose and take out the nut using a customizable wrench. Next, use a pair of slip-jaw pliers to hold the tip of the handle mount and pull the spigot post straight out from the pipes in the divider.
  6. 6
    Insert a newly acquired shower faucet to the same position as the old one in the wall. Secure the post by stringing another holding nut onto the post and fixing it with an adjustable wrench.
  7. 7
    Mount the new crests over the spigot posts trailed by the new handles. Then fix the handles with the handle mounting screws utilizing a screwdriver. At that point, place the new trim covers over the handles.
  8. 8
    Turn on the water supply, and test if the newly mounted shower faucet is working as expected.


In case you find the whole process difficult, you should seek help from a seasoned plumber. Sometimes DIY mistakes can result in more severe issues such as flooding and leakages. Also, mishaps can diminish the energy productivity of your home, bringing about extra service bills.

So, be careful when performing these operations, especially if you are not sure of what you want to do. However, by following the procedure above, you can remove your old shower faucet without much stress.

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by Shelly Rhoades
Having recognized the need for accessible and affordable solutions in the remodeling industry, Shelly founded Affordable Kitchen and Baths with the mission of helping homeowners create their dream spaces without breaking the bank. Her dedication to providing reliable advice and quality resources has garnered her a loyal following and established her as a go-to resource for anyone looking to transform their kitchen or bathroom.

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