Stop a Drip in the Shower

Old House Journal - - Restore -

Drip, drip, drip—it’s an­noy­ing and it wastes wa­ter. First, shut off the wa­ter at the main line. Un­screw the show­er­head by hand or with a cres­cent wrench; keep a towel handy for ex­cess wa­ter. Re­move the washer or O-ring. Re­place if dam­aged. Af­ter removing rub­ber parts, clean the show­er­head to re­move mold and min­eral de­posits: In a pot, mix 3 cups white vine­gar in 4–5 cups wa­ter and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and gen­tly drop in the show­er­head. Soak for 30 min­utes, then re­move and scrub with an old tooth­brush; rinse. Wrap pipe-stem threads with a thin strip of Te­flon pipe-thread tape. Reat­tach the show­er­head by hand, us­ing pli­ers on the last turn; do not over-tighten. Turn on wa­ter at the main. Check for drips.

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