In this video, when a shower valve in a perfectly preserved original bathroom started leaking, a homeowner reached out to Richard Trethewey for help fixing it.
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Older shower valves will leak over time. But, sometimes it’s safer to replace them with a pressure-balanced shower valve rather than fix them. When a homeowner knew that an upgrade would mean making holes in his perfectly preserved bathroom, he reached out to Richard Trethewey for help.
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Richard replaces an old 3-valve system in a 1930’s bathroom with a pressure-balanced
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First, Richard loosens the calking around the tub spout with a utility knife [https://homedepot.sjv.io/g1LKRr]. Then he uses a pipe wrench [https://homedepot.sjv.io/bavzk9] to remove the tub spout.
Richard uses an imp tubing cutter [https://homedepot.sjv.io/m5r34e] to easily cut the connecting water pipes and removes the old shower valve.
He then lays masking tape [https://homedepot.sjv.io/y2E32v] around the 3 valves openings and traces out a template of the cover plate.
Richard then uses a drill driver [https://homedepot.sjv.io/R50Wna] and drills holes around the perimeter of the template. Next, he cuts through the tile and mud job with an oscillating saw [https://homedepot.sjv.io/g1LKDB], following the template.
Richard assembles the new pressure-balancing shower valve by cleaning out the
fittings and the exterior of the pipes with a wire brush [https://homedepot.sjv.io/vN13ye]. Then, applying a layer of flux [https://homedepot.sjv.io/Jzo0KR] to the interior fittings and exterior of the pipes. He installs the valve by heating up the pipe along the joints using a torch [https://homedepot.sjv.io/5gmQML] and soldering [https://homedepot.sjv.io/0ZX79M] them securely to the water lines.
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