Faucet InstructionsFor the Do-It-Yourselfer 


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 residence.

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 drain.

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 Faucet Instructions-Glacier Bay Index Button Screw Capcenter 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 button-RP10029.

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 screws.

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. Faucet Instructions Glacier Bay 3 Handle Tub Shower Faucet Parts

  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 a moment.

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 configuration.

11.  Separate the connectors from the stems by removing the handle screws.

12.  Remove the black rubber seats and small metal springs from inGlacier Bay Faucet Seats and Springs 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. Faucet Instructions Glacier Bay Faucet Diverter Stem Seat

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 parts.

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 stem.

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 again.

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 spring.

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 spout.

28.  Open the tub shower drain.

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 off.

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 cartridges.

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 manufacturers instructions.

Trouble Shooting You Glacier Bay 3 Handle Tub and Shower Faucet 

Where to find Glacier Bay replacement faucet parts.

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 caulking.

How do I remove a Glacier Bay shower arm? 

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 by hand.

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 properly.

Water is leaking from behind my faucet’s handles. 

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 cartridges.

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 seat.

c.       Replace both diverter and seat.

My Glacier Bay shower faucet handle keeps turning around and will not shut off. 

a.      Replace the handle.

b.      Replace the handle connecter.

c.       Replace the faucet cartridge.

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 spout. 

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.



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