Securilng faucet handles to stripped faucet stems


Old 04-13-03, 02:14 PM
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Securilng faucet handles to stripped faucet stems

Hi All:

I am looking for away to secure faucet handles to my bath tub hot and cold water faucet stems that are stripped. I have used universal handles with set screws and they no longer work. The faucets are about 30 years old and I have not been able to find replacement faucet stems.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks for your help.

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Old 04-13-03, 03:40 PM
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Hi Jon, One thing I've seen done is to put a piece of brass shim stock between the stem and the handle,but even that has been marginal at best. If the stem is really worn out as you have implied I'd say the only recourse you have is to replace the entire set. Check in again though to see if someone else may have another way to repair your faucets. Good Luck.
Old 04-13-03, 07:04 PM
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You could try some good epoxy like JB Weld. If you put a thin layer on the stem, and then put on the handle, you could still put the screw in. If you put some inside the handle and then put the handle on, you will end up with epoxy in the screw hole. There isn't any better solution I can offer but don't under estimate the strength of the epoxy.
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