I am replacing the hot & cold water handle in the shower.

All the handles do when I replace it is spin and I have a constant small water leak/flow. Is there some sort of caulk or something to make the replacement handle 'grasp', trying to do this what seemed relatively easy project rather than hiring a plumber or handyman.

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  • Cathy Mathis Cathy Mathis on Sep 28, 2017
  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Sep 28, 2017
    I'm no expert on this at all, but did you check that the new handles came with washers? Whenever we have a leaky faucet, that's what we check first.
  • Pinkflmgo626 Pinkflmgo626 on Sep 28, 2017
    Did you use plumbers tape to seal it? Its very cheap to buy & very very easy to use! I just installed a new shower head & stopped that leak with this tape. Next, (today) I am fixing my garden hose spray nozzle with it too.
  • To me it sounds like it might be stripped thread or broken stem. Unless you are comfortable repairing yourself, call a plumber and test repeatedly for several minutes before they depart to make sure it works properly.
  • Dennis Paugh Dennis Paugh on Sep 28, 2017
    No. You need to get the correct handle . take your old ones with you when when you buy the right ones ask a sales person to help you. When I say old ones I mean the original Handel's for your shower.
  • William William on Sep 28, 2017
    I agree with Dennis. There is not a one size fits all.

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    • Teresa Teresa on Sep 28, 2017
      Thank you to everyone who responded, an example of how something so seemingly simple can become complicated, thanks again everyone
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