My bath/shower faucet(separate hot/cold) is starting to leak pretty bad
(on the cold side). My plumber said a tile guy would need to break down
the tile surrounding the faucets. I've read many websites that talk
about this issue. A lot of them only talk about removing the handles and
then with a special puller tool, simply pull out the old valve stem
assembly and replace it. Here are the first few steps from a website:
-Using the flathead screwdriver remove the cap on the front of the
-Using the phillips head or flathead screwdriver remove the screw
holding the faucet handle on.
-By hand unscrew the trim piece counter-clockwise until removed.
-Now use your specialty socket to remove the entire valve stem assembly
from the wall. (You may need some elbow grease as this most likely has
never been replaced.) Usually these sockets are sold in kits and look
It goes on from there but nowhere does it mention anything about
breaking down the tile.
Can someone please help me understand. Obviously breaking the tile down
is going to take longer and be a more expensive matter as well.
Thanks in advance for any insight.