Finding washers/cartridges for 50s era faucet

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Old 11-26-19, 02:39 PM
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Finding washers/cartridges for 50s era faucet

I have two 50s-era faucets in my home that work well. I've managed to rebuild the cartridges and lubricate them, but the washers are starting to break down. I can't find the right size (shape, really) at my local plumbing stores and/or any of the home improvement big box stores. Any recommendations? The faucet in question is likely an American Standard or Kohler brand (see pic).

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I love old faucets like that. They can be kept going forever with just a few, inexpensive parts. I get mine from my local hardware store. The diameter is the important part as I've had good luck interchanging flat and cone shaped washers.
 
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Old 11-26-19, 05:11 PM
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No cartridges in those faucets, just stems. I always had my best luck finding old faucet parts at a True Value store, preferably one that has been around for a long time. Might not be a bad idea to keep a couple replacement stems too. With the lever handles, you have to specify either hot or cold when buying stems. The hot side stem has a right hand thread and the cold side stem has a left hand thread. A similar faucet except with a ball handles rather than levers would take right handed stems on each side (both labelled as hot stems).

I don't think that's a Kohler faucet, I'd guess American Standard or even maybe Gerber.
 
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Old 11-26-19, 05:30 PM
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old american standards had popits.

I would need to see the stem. Seats are easy to get.

If you post a pic of the stem we can help you better.

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Old 11-26-19, 05:43 PM
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OK thats a reproduction ..

That faucet is from:

Strom Plumbing Complete Mississippi Sets Sign of The Crab - P0707

here is the catalog
https://reader.mediawiremobile.com/S.../203185/viewer

here are the cartridges...
https://stromliving.com/bathroom/rep...nt-cartridges/

 
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A little more info

Thanks all for the helpful observations. Attaching a few more photos to show what I'm after. The first shows what I'm calling the cartridge, the second shows the cartridge unscrewed, and the third focuses on the very unique washer (green) that I need to replace. I simply have not been able to find a part /washer that looks anything like it. The shape of the original is sunken and contoured in a way that simple faucet washers are not. Again, any advice on replacement and/or suppy companies (or part/faucet identification) very much appreciated!
 
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Washers can change their shape significantly after being installed for years. That green washer probably was cone shaped or a flat disk when new.
 
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yup its just a flat washer. Find one the same diameter and your good to go.
 
 

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