Driping bathtub faucet can't remove stem.


Old 02-15-03, 07:53 AM
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Driping bathtub faucet can't remove stem.

We have an older home with a dripping faucet, cold water side, my husband cannot get the stem off and we need to replace it to stop the leak. Can you give us any help, please?
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Old 02-15-03, 10:22 AM
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Of course, be sure you turn the water off before you start. There are two compression nuts on the stem. The inner most one keeps pressure on the handle stem itself and the outer one holds the stem into the valve body. You will need to unscrew the outer one, not the inner one. Often this one is behind the finished wall of the tub and you wont be able to get a wrench on it. You need a special tool called a tub socket or "cowbell" wrench, This elongated socket allows you to unscrew the stem behind the wall and remove it. Once out replace the rubber washer with an exact duplicate and shine a flashlight inside the valve body to make sure that the brass seat (that the washer pushes against) has no cracks or pits in it. If it does, replace the seat also.

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