How to Repair a Delta Tub / Shower Valve



Gregg chick Ramona's plumber here today we have a malfunctioning Delta valve and I'm going to show you how you can repair it and for more information go to DIY plumbing advice calm this shower valve here has been dripping out of the showerhead intermittently because when it was shut off it was shut off into either this position or this position which is still off but yet the mechanism inside the body gets stiff when it's not used a lot and this valve did not get used a lot so I'm going to take this valve completely apart rebuild it and it's going to be good as new first we're going to shut off the water to the house let's get to work here first we're going to pull the button off because behind the button there's the screw that holds the handle on we're going to pull the handle off and behind the handle we're going to see a dome that we're going to put a pair of pliers on and we're going to unscrew but if it doesn't come real easy we're going to take our time and work on it correctly and I'll show you how to do that if you turn it too hard you can break off the body of the valve that's inside the wall you can break off these three tubes right here and you end up with this in the wall you don't want to do that so I'll show you how to correctly pull this dome nut off inside the wall this valve body is sitting like this and under that dome that we're going to pull off very carefully you'll have to replace the kit this is what you'll need before you start the job the cam the bonnet gasket a ball same a steel ball is best the cups and springs the kit may come with different cups and different springs use the kind and the shape that you pull out put back in we're going to pull the button off which sometimes is really tight to the cap and you have to use maybe a little knife for a screwdriver to pry this button off if you break it they sell more the store then we're going to have to pull the handle off usually a Phillips screwdriver and it should come off that easy this is the exact handle that goes on this valve notice there's an offset of way the panel attaches to the body if you have to replace the handle that's what you have to pay attention to now comes the magic part the magic part of not breaking the body in the wall we're going to take a pair of channellocks and we're not just going to twist with ultimate force regardless we're going to pay attention here we got lucky okay this this dome nut spun off easy if it didn't come off easy like that you may need to tap on it like that even if you scratch up the chrome you can replace the dome with a new dome they sell that at the store too so we're going to unscrew the dome we're going to pull out the ball with the cam and in here is a stainless steel ball which is the the upgrade and you can see the black marks on it and that's why it's leakin because it's not really smooth and watertight we're going to replace this and this and inside here this is where the magic is also I have a special tool right here you could just use a Philips screwdriver what we're going to do is we're going to look inside here once we pull out the ball we have the body in there with two seals one at about 11 o'clock the other at about one o'clock what I mean by that is in the back of this recession you can pick your Phillips screwdriver stick in those holes now there's a third hole at the bottom in the center you don't need to worry about that you pull out now you see why I'm going to use this fancy tool it goes in and it pulls the Cup and the springs out pay attention to this kind of spring that you pull out if it is a little bit cone-shaped like that that's the standard delta spring and that's the exact spring you want to put back in instead of another one that might have come with the kit and I'm going to fight with this other one here with a screwdriver so you can see how you might have to approach that if you don't have this fancy tool I got it I got the cup and the spring out pots on the left coals on the right I got the old Springs and cups out now I'm going to get my new ones and put them in and as usual I'm going to use my Wolverine brass slick and slide silicone paste to keep this valve operating very smoothly so we're going to take a little of this food grade silicone paste we're going to put it on the ball so that operates smoothly we're going to put it on the cups so that they slide in and out of their little recession in there smoothly and I like to put it on the springs so the whole thing goes together kind of like a slinking slide what I do is I put my cup and spring on my screwdriver or on my tool and stick it in there I'm doing the 11 o'clock one and I know it's in there free because that little thing I could feel it slide in and out so the cups are in and you can tell they're springy because you can feel them and they push it in a little bit you put the ball in you put the camera on top of the ball so that the cam coordinates the position of the ball correctly and the cams little notch fits into a notch in the valve body so that you know that that's on correctly after that you screw on the dome and you put some silicone paste on these threads so that the next time you're assured an easy removal and it's kind of a trick but you have to hold the spring-loaded ball and cam assembly the cartridge it in there with your finger and keep this this slot vertical and don't let that cam rotate and tighten the dome down to a reasonable right there to the end of its travel and and that part is tight next we will use a delta tool to tighten the ring to make the fine adjustments on the tension of the ball the handle the ability to rotate orbitally move that handle Israel is a reflection of how tight this little unit is here this little ring some of these rings are brass some of them are plastic I don't know that it matters what does matter is that you get that ring tight enough so that this thing is tight to move with your fingers not too loose or it won't seal it has to be tight enough so that the ball the weight of the ball doesn't shut the valve off let's try for that and I'll get the handle we'll take the handle if you didn't want to replace it and you're happy with the one that's there notice the broach in the handle is the same shape as the the post on the stem they make these handles that have a different receiver there a different broach it's the wrong handle if it doesn't have the right shape there and there is no universal so buy one that is definitely the correct broach you put the handle on that post put the screw in and you're probably good to go we're going to turn the water on and test it so now we're going to turn the water back on we have a nice ball valve we're going to turn it slowly so that we don't have any slamming and that's it why did back on let's go test eval here's our test what we're looking for is when we're done the waters not going to drip but we're also going to look for a smooth operating handle lift up turn it on you're going to have a little air in the lines hot cold there's no chance of having the kid in backwards so we don't have to worry about having reversed our polarity and then we're going to shut it off now the interesting point is that this valve should move very easy there should be no grinding feeling in there if there is it's too tight and if the handle is so loose that it might fall down from its own weight then it's too loose you just need to tighten that little ring up on the dome I think we're good I'm going to put the handle on there's a little notch right here I'm going to put that little notch right at the top of the Delta button and that's it and this concludes it can you do it yes you can and I can help go to Ramona's plumber comm and DIY plumbing advice comm thank you for watching

49 Comments

  • Merk Merk

    April 14, 2019

    Most style just turn around. What is this multi moving style valled???

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  • Merk Merk

    April 14, 2019

    Having trouble finding this old style replacement kit????

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  • Hassan Bazzi

    April 14, 2019

    Well explained. Thank you ?

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  • Nice Boxs

    April 14, 2019

    Thx you it work… appreciate the video couldn’t done it without you ??????

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  • 1010109999999

    April 14, 2019

    Thank you so much it really helped

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  • James Sheffield

    April 14, 2019

    Good video. Very helpful

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  • Bramham Hardwood and Laminates

    April 14, 2019

    too much happening in your hands ie juggling parts in your hands. for a diy this is not very easy to watch and follow

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  • Liz Y.

    April 14, 2019

    Great news! After watching your thorough explanation, I fixed my leaking faucet. Thank You!!! This is best feeling ever. I feel so empowered, Thank You.

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  • Mark Weber

    April 14, 2019

    Apparently the 400+ thumbs down are those of us who attempted this and ripped something off the wall…

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  • Shir-Sure

    April 14, 2019

    Thanks for posting this video! I when to home depot, grabed the parts, and fixed my shower valve under 15 minutes.

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  • Diane Roberts

    April 14, 2019

    Great instructions.

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  • Wired Coffee

    April 14, 2019

    Tub wouldn't turn off was worried it be a costly fix but this worked thank you for the video was of great help.

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  • joseguadalupe luna

    April 14, 2019

    Thanks so much Ramonas.

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  • Stuckey 3223

    April 14, 2019

    I'm confused. You didn't spin the white pieve when you removed it, but you had to turn it with that tool when you put it back on

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  • J.P. Lautenschlager

    April 14, 2019

    thanks for the video Greg, as everyone has mentioned it is very helpful (and saves a lot of $$$!!!) Question: Does anyone know how to acquire the ring that goes above the metal dome? He addresses it at 7:50 in the video and has to use that "Delta tool" to tighten it. I've managed to get it on/off a couple of time with just screwdrivers but I don't know that I can get away with it too many more times… Any specific identifying information is much appreciated (direct links maybe even moreso!!!) thanks

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  • Tim Adams

    April 14, 2019

    My screw broke(head rusted off) when trying to remove the handle. Any ideas how to remove the handle now?

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  • Robert Hicks

    April 14, 2019

    Great video just did the job easy peasy. A shout out to Ace hardware marketing that has a kit with a ball valve and a kit with no ball valve but has the tool to tighten the outer ring so a $9 purchase becomes an $18. Keep on saying you are more convenient than the big box store, I'm going there first next time.

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  • SS. SS.

    April 14, 2019

    Was looking for this Video for my Exact problem I had !! Followed your instructions and worked out perfectly !! Saved me a bunch & hassle !! Thanks !!

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  • Jason Gaudio

    April 14, 2019

    Is this kit just for Delta or can you get any kit… I don't know what set up I have

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  • Robert Zerafa

    April 14, 2019

    Do you know the part # for the replacement part? Having trouble finding the right replacement kit for our similar bathtub (the bal and cam look to be shaped differently than the ones I can find)?

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  • Sho Bud

    April 14, 2019

    Good vedio, now how do you fix the pin from leaking that turns the shower head on ?

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  • Mike

    April 14, 2019

    Great video, now I can tell the plumber exactly what they are doing wrong…….

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  • Deborah Christensen

    April 14, 2019

    For that special tool to get the spring thing out – a crochet hook works great! Better than the phillips screw driver – it even looks like the tool! It took me a while to get the dome cap off – I used WD 40 to loosen it over night and then tapped a lot – that helped (along with prayer! 🙂 After that – easy peasy! Thanks for the great video!

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  • xavier712

    April 14, 2019

    Just finished! Thanks!! A question: my ball was plastic and not stainless, so I found another plastic one. However, are they interchangeable? The hole pattern appeared the same but the actual shape was a little different.

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  • Robert De Luna

    April 14, 2019

    Thanks for the video!

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  • Buddy Sharp

    April 14, 2019

    Good video, thank you for sharing. Agree on using a small pipe wrench for a stuck cap. And, said a rag in white vinegar and hot water and wrap it around the cap for 10 minutes to break down the corrosion before trying to remove.

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  • J. Edward Bondellio

    April 14, 2019

    Thanks!

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  • Michael Koch-Schulte

    April 14, 2019

    Mine was a little older than this one. I needed the D-14 cup and spring kit. Still available at Rona and better pro plumbing shops. Masters brand is still producing it.

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  • Dave Moyle

    April 14, 2019

    Thank You!!! Great video, it really helped!

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  • Pat Jarvis

    April 14, 2019

    Great how to video !!!

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  • VTROFIM __

    April 14, 2019

    Good video, but almost nothing said or shown about main rubber seal that's around the ball…

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  • Robert Gregory

    April 14, 2019

    Great Instructions! I really appreciate the pace, and thoroughness of this presentation. I am a pro electrician with 30+ years in the trade and even I could understand how to do this now. That's saying something!!!

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  • Deltabravo604

    April 14, 2019

    Great video, very helpfu,l as was the tip about using a pipe wrench and penetrating oil. Now that I have everything reassembled I have a very slow leak from the front. Any idea how to fix this? I have a very firmly set the bonnet nut and adjusted everything I can think of.

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  • LugNuts

    April 14, 2019

    Thank you. I was an idiot this morning and didn't shut off the main water line before I disassembled the faucet and water shot out like crazy along with all the tiny springs and gasket. Which quickly remined me to go shut off the water line. Didn't know how to put it back together and this video saved me. Thank you!

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  • Herbie Schwartz

    April 14, 2019

    For Christ's sake, use a pair of tweezers or a dental pick to get those washers out. That screwdriver's gouging and elongating the hole. Oy Vey! Otherwise a good video. Thanks for posting.

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  • Karen D

    April 14, 2019

    You sir are an awesome teacher. This was so informative. You have the same voice of the man that did the educational films (on a reel) back in the day. Remember those? That’s a compliment. Thanks for sharing ?

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  • Walter Van Tine

    April 14, 2019

    Followed your directions – everything back to normal! Thank you!

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  • islandrock78

    April 14, 2019

    Anyone have a part # for the kit they used? I have the same valve used in the video but only find similar at the hardware store…not the same one.

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  • Gera Ortiz

    April 14, 2019

    So this is at delta 600 series?

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  • Josh Kleskovic

    April 14, 2019

    What’s the make and model

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  • mike97525

    April 14, 2019

    I'm not getting much hot water what could be wrong?

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  • Mark Skonieczny

    April 14, 2019

    Great video. Have the same exact one and was having trouble. Thanks to this video I am good to go. Thank you sir!

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  • Baudshah Suleymon

    April 14, 2019

    Any idea where i can buy the part with 3 copper tubes or what it’s called? Thanks!

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  • Candace Jackson

    April 14, 2019

    I'm not getting any water after doing this?…..what am I doing wrong

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  • Stephanie Straw

    April 14, 2019

    Does anyone know what model from Delta this is? I'm trying to replace mine and upgrade it, but what I got does not appear to match. What all do I need to buy/replace to be able to upgrade this and how far back do I need to upgrade so that parts are compatible?

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  • Libertad Brito

    April 14, 2019

    Very easy to follow instructions. I just fixed my shower faucet I found the repair kit at home depot I used RP77739A from Delta. This kit worked perfectly. Thank you for posting this video.

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  • Hans Auto Care

    April 14, 2019

    where can i buy that kit what are the model number

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  • the8jrfan

    April 14, 2019

    Thanks you for posting this you saved me a lot of money

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  • Sausha Penn

    April 14, 2019

    What if where I’m suppose to screw on the dome does not screw because of messed up thread on the body ? Would I need to replace the whole body ?

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