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The shower is dripping water from the head. The lever is set to off position down all the way. To stop water from dripping, I would have to apply downward pressure to the lever. This is not a solution, but I guess it means something.

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Depending on the model of the valve, it can be as simple as replacing a cartridge, for example in the case of a Moen, or on a Delta replacing the seats and springs, and possibly the control ball. So what kind of valve is it and then I can give you a better idea?

Posted on Aug 23, 2010

  • almightydoan Aug 23, 2010

    I'm not sure of the terminology, I call it a valve, but it may be called a cartridge. The cartridge is white and has a range of motion within the area of a triangle. Down is off. Up is on. Left is hot. Right is cold. I may have to check out what you call the springs and seats.

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