How to Repair a Glacier Bay 3 Handle Tub and Shower Faucet Model
769-032 and 834-0201
Learning how to repair a Glacier Bay 3 handle tub and shower faucet model 769-032 and 834-0201
is a job for just about everyone with basic do-it-yourself experience. You will only need a few basic household
tools, a Phillips screwdriver, Crescent wrench and pliers, a butter knife or safety knife. Other items that you
need for an expert faucet repair are; clean cloth towels, plumber’s waterproof silicone grease, needle-nose
pliers and silicone bath caulking.
These faucet instructions are also helpful when repairing a Glacier Bay 2-handle tub and
shower faucet and Glacier Bay two-handle shower only faucet-F2010210CP . Premier, Delta, Luxury Line and other faucets
will also match the majority of these faucet instructions.
How to Disassemble a Glacier Bay 3 Handle
Tub/Shower Bathroom Faucet
1. Close the main water supply valve serving the
2. Open all three faucet
handles to drain the water out of the faucet and shower raiser.
3. Block or shut the bathtub’s
drain opening with a stopper or washcloth; this is to prevent losing any tiny shower faucet parts down the
4. Slide a butter knife under
the edge of the left hot side handle’s index button or screw cap-RP10028 and pry it out. The Glacier Bay faucet
screw cap is the round acrylic insert in the center of the handle. The caps are marked on the front with an “H” on
the left side for the hot water, a “∆” symbol in the center for the diverter, and a “C” on the right side for the cold water handle. Repeat for
the middle diverter screw cap-RP10030, and for the right cold-water handle index
5. Unscrew each faucet
handle’s retaining screw-RP50059 with a #2 Philips screwdriver. You can use a flat-tip screwdriver, but a Phillips
is safer. The screws are located directly in the center of each handle; you will see them when the handle’s screw
caps removed. Turn the screws to the left or counterclockwise until they are loose enough to remove by hand. The
Glacier Bay faucet handle screws are about 3-inches long and take about a dozen full turns to remove the handle
6. Pull each Glacier Bay
faucet handle-RP13090 toward you to release them from their stems. If the shower faucet handles are difficult to
remove, gently wiggle them up and down while you pull back. Caution-you
can easily break the handle connecter stem.
7. Slide the Glacier Bay
flanges-RP80135 off each stem-retaining nut by hand. If there is glue or bath caulk holding the flanges to the
shower wall, use a sturdy plastic putty knife to cut and remove the bath caulking from around the flanges. Clean
the shower wall with mild cleaners to remove any remaining silicone bath caulk or debris.
8. Loosen the Glacier Bay
cartridge retaining nuts-RP70154 with an adjustable wrench. The bonnet nuts are the long metal cylinders with a
flat indentation on each side; they hold the cartridge connecters and stems in place. Place the adjustable wrench
on the flat sides of the nuts only. Rotate each nut to the left until you can finish unscrewing them by
hand. Caution-do not use sharp edged pliers or wrenches
to unscrew the bonnet nuts, you will damage the shiny plated finish. The long plastic faucet cartridge
connecters-RP70098 my fall out when you remove the retaining nuts, this is normal.
9. Replace the cartridge
connectors if they fall out with the bonnet nuts, and then reinsert the handle screws by hand. This will make sense
10. Pull the cartridge stem
connecters and the Glacier Bay cartridges-RP22010 at the same time; this is why you want to reconnect the screws
into the connecters and stems. Slowly work the connectors up and down while pulling them back toward you until they
come out; the Glacier Bay tub shower diverter stem-RP70163 will be harder to remove than the other two. When the
Glacier Bay 3-handle faucet manifold is installed (the body of the faucet you cannot see behind the wall, it is set
back into the wall studs a few inches, this makes it difficult to reach and remove the cartridge stems; screwing
them together makes this easier. Tip-Make a note as to the position of each cartridge
when you remove them you will need to install the new cartridges in the same
11. Separate the connectors from the stems by removing the handle
12. Remove the black rubber
seats and small metal springs from in
side the hot and cold side of the faucet body. The Glacier Bay seats and
springs-RP22008 are located inside small openings or ports in the back of the faucet. There are many ways to
remove the faucet’s seats and springs, you can insert the threaded end of a handle screw and hook them, you
can use your screwdriver, or use long needle-nose pliers to pull them out; these are just a few ideas.
13. Remove the diverter valve’s
rubber seat from inside the center faucet manifold barrel only if necessary; the diverter’s seat is extremely
difficult to replace. If you must remove it, use a screwdriver to pry the seat locks out of the top and bottom of
the faucet manifold, and then pull it out with long needle-nose pliers.
14. Wipe the inside of each
cartridge barrel with a clean dry cloth. Now were ready to install the new tub and/or shower faucet
How to Install Your New Glacier Bay 3 Handle
Tub Shower Faucet Parts
15. Attach each faucet
cartridge-RP22010 and the diverter stem-RP70163 to its handle connector just the way you removed the old faucet
parts. Insert a handle screw through each handle connector and secure into each cartridge and the diverter
16. Apply a small amount of
plumber’s waterproof silicone grease to the new rubber seats, the outside of each cartridge and stem, the inside of
each faucet barrel and the threads inside each cartridge bonnet-retaining nut. You can use your fingers to apply
the grease, or use a very small paintbrush. The grease with help protect the faucet from corrosion and mineral
buildup; it also make the parts easier to remove should you need to work on the faucet
17. Slide the small open end of
a rubber faucet seat-RP22008 onto the threaded end of a handle screw; follow with the small end of the metal
18. Insert the screw into the
small water supply port in the back of the faucet manifold barrel.
19. Push the seat and spring
into the port with a finger-if you can reach it. If you cannot reach the seat with your finger, use the round end
of another handle screw to push the seat and spring into the port. Tip-make sure
the faucet parts stay in place when you remove the screws. Caution-do
not use sharp tools to seat the washer, you could accidently damage it.
20. Line up the new rubber
diverter stem seat-RP70163 with the knobs facing up and down. This is how it will fit the manifold. Pinch the seat
in-between your fingers and insert it into the manifold. If you cannot reach the Glacier Bay faucet manifold with
your fingers, you can wrap the tips of your needle-nose pliers with electrical tape to prevent them from damaging
the seat, and then insert the seat with the pliers. Use the round end of a handle screw to gently push the seat to
the back of the faucet manifold barrel, and then press the top and bottom of the seat the settle the locking knobs
in place. Take your time, it may take several attempt to set the seat correctly; this is the hardest part of the
whole faucet repair. Tip-you know the seat’s locking knobs are in place when
the rubber seats rounded against the sides of the manifold barrel.
21. Install the new Glacier Bay
stem-RP22010 into the left or hot side of the faucet. Line up the wings on each side of the cartridge with the
notches cut into the top of the faucet manifold barrel. Tip-the
large plastic handle stop on top of the faucet cartridge needs to be facing the center of the faucet in order
for the handle to shut off in the correct position. Push the cartridge and handle-connecter-RP70098 into the
faucet manifold. The new seat and spring will push against the cartridge, this is normal. Hold the cartridge
and connecter in place with one finger, and then slide a cartridge bonnet-retaining nut over the connecter,
continue to hold the cartridge in place.
22. Screw the Glacier Bay
bonnet nut-RP70154 on clockwise by hand, and then tighten it an additional 1/8 or a turn with your crescent
wrench. Caution- when the bonnet nut is tight, stop, you
can break the nut of faucet by over tightening.
23. Repeat the last two steps
for the cold-water cartridge stem and handle connecter. Tip-turn the handle-stop on top of the cold faucet cartridge to the center of the faucet; this
will allow the handle to shut off in the correct position.
24. Install the new Glacier Bay
diverter stem-RP70163 in same manner as the others with one exception; turn the flat side of the handle connecter’s
stem to the right.
25. Remove all three; handle
screws from the cartridge connectors.
26. Slide a flange escutcheon
on each bonnet nut all the way back to the shower wall.
27. Turn the hot and cold side
of the faucet off with one of the faucet handles, and then turn the diverter down to the tub
28. Open the tub shower
29. Turn the main water supply
back on slowly to prevent damaging your plumbing system.
30. Open the hot side of the
faucet and then the cold side. Let the water run for a couple of minutes, and then turn the diverter up to the
showerhead and let the water run for a minute, and then turn the diverter down and turn the faucet
31. Visually inspect the faucet
for leaks around the handle connecters, spout and showerhead.
32. Set all the tub
handles-RP13090 back on the connecters.
33. Insert and fasten the
Glacier Bay handle screws-RP50059 with a screwdriver. Caution-do not over tighten the handle screws; you will ruin the
34. Snap the screw
caps-RP10029, RP10030 and RP10028 back into the center of the handles by hand.
35. Wipe the faucet and
flanges-RP80135 dry with a clean cloth.
36. Seal the flanges to the
shower wall with a high-grade anti-microbial kitchen and bath silicone caulk. Allow the caulking to dry as per the
Trouble Shooting You Glacier Bay 3 Handle
Tub and Shower Faucet
Where to find Glacier Bay replacement faucet
My Glacier Bay shower flange-RP38026 is
loose, how can I get it to stay up against the wall?
Fill the hollow back of the flange with plumber’s putty, or silicone
How do I remove a Glacier Bay shower
Remove the showerhead-RP38051 with a crescent wrench. Insert the handle end of a pair of
pliers into the open end of the arm, and then carefully rotate the arm counterclockwise until you can remove it
I used plumber’s thread tape to install my
new showerhead, why is it still leaking around the shower arm.
The Glacier Bay showerhead needs installed with a shower arm washer-RP64031 to seal
Water is leaking from behind my faucet’s
a. Remove the handles and
tighten the cartridge retaining nuts.
b. Remove and clean the
Glacier Bay faucet cartridges-RP22010. Make sure the cartridge O-rings are in good condition; there is one O-ring
inside and one on the outside. Lubricate and replace the cartridge.
c. Replace the faucet
My three Handle Tub Shower Faucet Makes a
High-Pitch Squealing Noise when I turn the Shower on.
a. Replace the diverter stem
O-rings. Grease and reinstall.
b. Replace the diverter stem
c. Replace both diverter and
My Glacier Bay shower faucet handle keeps
turning around and will not shut off.
a. Replace the
b. Replace the handle
c. Replace the faucet
The Glacier Bay tub faucet screw-cover
buttons will not stay on the handles.
You can use a drop or two of clear silicon sealant on the flange of the screw cap. Wipe off
the excess silicone right away.
My faucet’s handle screws will not tighten.
You will need to replace the faucet cartridges.
Water is Leaking from the back of my tub
Unscrew the tub spout counterclockwise. Wrap plumber’s thread tape several times around the
pipes threads. Screw the faucet spout-RP33020 back on the tub outlet pipe. Tighten firmly by hand, and if
necessary secure with a plumber’s strap wrench.