shower faucet stem removal problems


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Old 12-20-08, 12:36 PM
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shower faucet stem removal problems

Help -i have a shower faucet drip and am attempting g to replace the 3/8L washers-i was successful in removing one stem easily with the socket type tool-however the second one does not want to come out so easily-it turns ok a couple turns and then is very hard to turn-im afraid to force it so i just put it back-what could be wrong and should i just go for it or is it cross threaded and i could do more harm-it still drips and there is tile so im unable to access any parts behind
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Old 12-21-08, 02:13 PM
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Sometimes it helps to adjust the handle part of the stem in or out while trying to remove the complete stem
 
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Old 12-21-08, 02:29 PM
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Hmmm also could this be a RH thread on one and LH on the other? Don't they have those? Or am I thinking of the stem itself?

I wouldn't think you'd be able to turn it even that far if it was I guess.
 
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Old 12-21-08, 02:41 PM
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Good thought, but I think you answered your own question. The body of the stem are all normal threads as I recall, but the inner stem may be left handed threads for a lever type handle. Thats why sometimes you need to move that part along with the body while trying to loosen it up.
 
 

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