Unusual Delta tub/shower valve

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Old 03-29-01, 07:43 PM
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I have a Delta cartridge-type tub/shower valve, model 1500, labelled Monitor. It has a separate hot/cold control and flow control. The final step to get the cartridge out is to disassemble a bonnet nut from the valve body - both of which are round, polished brass!!

Since all of this stuff is hidden under chrome, I'm not too worried about boogering it up a little bit, but I am concerned that I could just torque the valve body off the pipes if I'm not careful. I'm using a pipe wrench and a crescent wrench, but the valve body is really too big to use a crescent wrench very effectively.

Add to this that the valve has been installed for about 4 years, and I believe there's also some corrosion. I have tried putting a tower soaked in scalding vinegar, but to no avail - that bonnet nut is on there good.

I was just wondering if anyone had any other suggestions for things to try, or if you've ever encountered such a silly valve.

Thanks!
ken
 
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Old 03-30-01, 02:31 AM
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Ken,
Go to http://www.deltafaucets.com to the Customer Service section for an exploded drawing and repair tips for your faucet, or call Delta's Consumer Assistance hotline at 1-800-345-DELTA.
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Old 03-30-01, 06:53 AM
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Hi Old Guy,

Thanks for the info. You are probably the swiftest and most reliable moderator I have ever experienced!

In fact, this valve isn't on their site, as it is now out of production. The reasoning for that, I don't get, but anyway it is so.

I do understand what needs to be taken apart from what to disassemble the valve, I found out by calling the hotline - what I don't quite have expoerience with is how to take apart two round pieces of brass which are threaded together, quite possibly with lime and calcium holding them together.

Any tips or experience you have with that would be great.

Thanks a bunch
ken
 
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Old 03-30-01, 07:12 AM
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Ken,
I would spritz it with WD-40 and let soak overnight.
Then I would use a strap wrench (to keep from marring it) to unscrew the bonnet counter-clockwise.
The bonnet may have plastic threads, but with an old faucet, who knows.
Good Luck!
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