accessing pipes through small hole

Old 12-23-04, 05:00 PM
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accessing pipes through small hole

i'm trying to fix a leaking bath tub faucet, without removing more than one or two tiles on the wall to access the pipes. i think it's just a bad washer. would a Telescoping Basin Wrench do? does anybody know the url on this site that dicusses exactly that?
Old 12-23-04, 06:10 PM
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Sonny1973, Welcome to the DIY Forums.
With a little luck there will be NO tile removal.
What exactly is leaking? Is it the hot water, cold water or is the tub spout leaking while using it? (at the place where it meets the tub)
One handle, two handle faucet?
Give me a name brand if possible. Should be marked somewhere.
I hate to guess so if you can give me some more info I am sure I can help you out.
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Old 12-23-04, 07:06 PM
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i appreciate you replying to my post, Majakdragon. the actual faucet is dripping cold water. there are three handles: hot, shower, cold. the name on the handles says Gerber.
Old 12-23-04, 07:12 PM
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You shouldn't have to remove any tiles.
Just turn the water off, remove the cold water faucet handle, and unscrew the valve stem retaining cap and remove the valve stem to replace the worn washer on the end of it.
Good Luck!
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thanks for your help. happy holidays.
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If the valves have never been repaired since the tile was installed, you could possibly have a situation where a tile setter was trying to be "too neat" and did not leave a large enough opening to insert a stem socket and remove the stem. In this case, you need to make the hole bigger. RotoZip with a carbide tile bit, or VERY CAREFUL nibbling with a 1/4" sharp cold chisel and a small hammer.

Fisrt step is simply to remove the handles and the chrome trim to see what you have. Then turn off the water supply and proceed.

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