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Old 09-21-2020, 02:48 PM   #1
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How do I change the shower faucet in a La Palma?

The shower in my 2006 La Palma is dripping a lot -- more than the safety valve would allow. I've gotten a new faucet to replace the old, but before I try this on my own, I'd like advice from anyone whose done it.

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The shower in my 2006 La Palma is dripping a lot -- more than the safety valve would allow. I've gotten a new faucet to replace the old, but before I try this on my own, I'd like advice from anyone whose done it.

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Usually a stem replacement is all that is needed if it's dripping.

But with that said, If you're replacing the whole faucet, not just the stem, then you need to get to the back of the faucet. What is on the wall behind the shower valve? Mine happens to be a mirror that I can remove and then there is an access hole I can reach into. From there you unscrew the PEX fittings.

From the shower, remove the handle and trim piece. Most likely they used a couple of screws to hold the faucet body in place.

If you post a picture of the existing faucet, we can get more detailed.
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I've checked and the shower backs onto a closet, but there's no access to the shower from the closet. Just solid wall.

There does appear to be a panel/box that the faucet is attached to in the front that can be removed. Is this what I need to unscrew in order to remove the old faucet and install the new one?

BTW, the photo is upside down. I can't seem to convince it to rotate.
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If you are going to be doing any work on the shower valves then this video might be worth watching... they suggest a mod that you might find interesting.

https: // www.thefitrv.com/rv-tips/how-to-fix-the-cold-water-blast-in-your-rv-shower/

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I've checked and the shower backs onto a closet, but there's no access to the shower from the closet. Just solid wall.

There does appear to be a panel/box that the faucet is attached to in the front that can be removed. Is this what I need to unscrew in order to remove the old faucet and install the new one?

BTW, the photo is upside down. I can't seem to convince it to rotate.
I have a single handle, so different than your's. But try taking those caps off and you'll find screws under them. The should allow you to pull the faucet away from the wall.

The PEX fittings will be screwed directly onto the bottom of the faucet, both hot and cold side. Just take them off and put the new faucet in. Check everything for leaks after you're done.
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Thanks!

Thanks, everyone. I'm going to try starting with the cut-off valve (on order from Amazon) and if that still doesn't stop the drip, I'll replace the faucet (assuming that the leak is worn out gaskets.)

I'll let you know how it goes!
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