Leaky faucet - can't get seat out

Old 11-01-02, 06:19 PM
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Question Leaky faucet - can't get seat out

My father replaced the washer and seat (seat wrench was a great purchase) for the cold water in the utility sink with no problems! However, the seat for the hot water side just doesn't want to budge! Guess if I had been in place for 20 years, I might be a little stubborn too! Thanks for any help.
Old 11-01-02, 06:58 PM
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So if the Hot seat unthreaded, the Cold one will too. The seat wrench just needs a little assistance. Got a length of 1/2" pipe about 2' long? Stick it on the end of the seat wrench and convince the cold seat it IS coming out!!
Old 11-01-02, 10:35 PM
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If still no luck, install a new faucet.
Old 11-03-02, 08:35 AM
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Thanks for the help. We tried the extra convincing, but the seat wrench can't get a grip. I suppose we stripped it in our earlier attempts. We can say we tried! We have decided to replace the faucet.

Great site, thanks again for the assistance!
Old 11-03-02, 11:36 AM
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We had a stripped seat in our bathtub/shower faucets and got a tap to carve our own threads in it and take it out. It worked with no damage to any other parts of the fixture.

Old 11-20-02, 11:32 PM
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Hi, I have a similar problem. I stripped the threads on the bottom of the seat for my bathroom sink compression faucet. I can get a nice grip with my seat wrench, but I must have turned it too far clockwise when I was screwing it in and stripped it because no matter how much I turn it counterclockwise, it wont come out. Since it was a new seat, and whatever the seat screws into is old, I am afraid i may have stripped not the seat, but the thing the seat screws into (what's it's name by the way?). In that case, how much of my sink do I need to replace, and what are the parts I need to replace called. Also, Any ideas on how to get the seat out right now so I can figure out if the seat is the only thing that got stripped or if the thing the seat screws into was stripped too. Sorry for my clunky sentences... I just don't know the name for the thing. Thanks very much for any help.
Old 11-21-02, 12:19 AM
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PLEASE read this post and disregard the one above.

Wow, this forum is great once you get the hang of searching. I guess before I was searching with bad keywords, but now I know a little more. My question is this: is it possible to get the seat out even though either the valve's threads or the seat's threads are stripped? My seat wrench engages well and does turn the seat, but because of the stripped threads, the seat is still marooned deep inside the valve body. Also, if the valve's threads are OK, what can I do to avoid stripping them when i replace the seat with a new one (or when i place the seat in my new valve if I need one)? Thanks for the help, hopefully I can have this done by friday before my pops gets home and decides he has to take over.
Old 11-21-02, 05:07 PM
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Well, I am glad the first poster decided to replace the faucet because you may never have gotten the old HOT seat out... the cold side doesn't corrode as fast as the hot side by a long shot... so while the cold usually stays in good enough shape to remove, the hot many times strips out and is nearly impossible to remove... As for the second questioner... I dont recommend EVER changing seats unless it is just a last resort... but if you have gotten one stripped to a degree that it is staying in the faucet and not threading out, then there is a strong chance that if you get it out, the new one will never seal properly anyway... just get a new faucet if you can and save the headache...

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Old 11-21-02, 05:16 PM
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heh. Oh no. Ok, I guess a new faucet is probably the only way to go. Thanks for the helpful advice.

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