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any tricks on getting out frozen symmons cold seat inside old shower valve?

any tricks on getting out frozen symmons cold seat inside old shower valve?


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Old 11-09-17, 02:11 PM
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any tricks on getting out frozen symmons cold seat inside old shower valve?

I'm at the part of trying to replace the innards of an old Symmons shower that gives people the most grief ... getting the cold seat out of a 30 year old shower. At this stage, predictably, the threads stripped right off with the 4 way tool. I have the #8 extractor Symmons recommends, which is really quite a beast, but even this is having no luck getting the cold seat out of the valve. Tried brute force, hammer taps, PB blaster, light heat, but it just will not budge.

Anyone have any other tricks for getting this part out?
 
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Old 11-09-17, 02:47 PM
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By light heat, do you mean a propane torch? Mapp gas would be the next step above that.
 
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Old 11-09-17, 03:20 PM
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I do mean a propane torch, but also not too long/hot, because I didn't want to damage the valve itself.
 
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Old 11-09-17, 03:52 PM
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Can you see the seat....... is it cracked ?
I've had occasions where I couldn't remove a seat and had to resurface it in place.
 
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THe seat actually has a big hole from corrosion on the right side which seems to let too much cold water into the spindle, but I think I'm going to try to patch that because it simply won't come out. Resurfacing in place may be the way to go.
 
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I would go with a little more heat.
 
 

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