replacing shower valve stem

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Old 02-02-06, 01:34 PM
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replacing shower valve stem

I have been attempting to replace a worn stem on the hot water side. I have the packing nut off but that is as far as I can go. I understand that the stem should just thread out. No luck doing that. I have even put the handle on to try to work the stem free. No luck. Any suggestions? Thanks.
 
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Old 02-02-06, 02:09 PM
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poppadawg, Welcome to the DIY Forums.
Is there a manufacturers name on it? Styles and brands can vary and they are not all assembled the same way. Can you see inside to tell if it looks like another "nut type" fastener holding it in? Let us know. Good luck.

At the top of the Showers, tubs Forum page is a Sticky with the major manufacturers websites and phone numbers in it. You may be able to go to the website and look at diagrams if your model is included.
 
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no manufacturer identified

I have looked very carefully and cannot identify the maker. This is probably the original - maybe 35 years old. There does not seem to be another nut. When I look at the back all I see is a round thingy - could be the base of the stem. And that is what I am having trouble getting anything on to work with.
 

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Yipee I just got it out. There was a piece of sheathing that needed to be unscrewed. Once I did that, my wrench took care of the rest. (Doing my happy dance!) Off to the store to get a replacement. Thank you. Dennis
 
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If the stem is worn on the end, that may be what is hanging up and not letting it come out. You may want to try attaching a pair of vise-grips on the handle (after it is unscrewed as far as it will go) and with a board against the wall, pry against the vise grips to see if it will pull out.
 
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