My faucet in the shower started to drip. Till the plumber coming to fix it I thought to mitigate a bit by shutting off the pipe.
I bought a tape similar to repair tape.
So if I put tape in the faucet (and remove it to turn on the water when I need to) would it cause a problem? Would the fact that these drips are not released but blocked make things worse?

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Not a good idea. A better idea would be to put a bucket under the shower head with a rag in it or over the bucket to dampen the sound.

  • But what is the difference between blocking with tape and closing the faucet or e.g. those shower faucets that have a stop button to block the water?
    – Jim
    Jul 13, 2018 at 21:24
  • The shower valve body has "packing" seal(s) around the stem(s). These are not designed to resist pressure that would build up if you plugged the end of the spigot. Jul 13, 2018 at 21:45
  • This reminds me of a cartoon I saw as a kid (Bugs Bunny?) in which Bugs was driven mad by a dripping faucet. He tried this and that--nothing worked, then he fully plugged the end of the spigot and the whole faucet expanded to the size of a watermelon and finally exploded. Jul 13, 2018 at 23:17
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    Ok I am not doing it. But I would like to understand what is the difference with e.g. a Shower Head Shut-Off Valve or the buttons in the shower head that block water? Could you please explain in laymen's terms? I don't really understand "The shower valve body has "packing" seal(s) around the stem(s)"
    – Jim
    Jul 15, 2018 at 15:33
  • You are correct that a shower head shut-off and shut-off buttons in a hand-held head would also pressurize the stem seals, but these would be used only for short periods of time usually as a means of extreme water saving (e.g., military water saving). It could also be used to avoid having soap washed off one's body as soon as it is applied especially in a small shower enclosure. Jul 15, 2018 at 15:50

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