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Posted: 1/4/2012 3:12:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/5/2012 12:16:29 PM EDT by GUTS]
My faucet in the tub is leaking and it's getting worse. Can this kind of faucet assembly be repaired or do I have to buy a new one. How do I fix it? Thanks

Link Posted: 1/4/2012 3:15:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/4/2012 3:30:51 PM EDT by flash556]
you need a set of shower wrenches.....

Link Posted: 1/4/2012 3:18:00 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 3:21:52 PM EDT
I live in a small town so I'll probably have to order the wrenches. The hot side is the only one that leaks.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 3:22:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/4/2012 3:23:43 PM EDT by NebraskaDizasta]
Yes. They can be repaired. I usually take one side apart. Then take the whole valve to the hardware store. Ace hardware will have a better selection over HD and Lowes. Match up the rubber parts of the valves seats and assemble in reverse order. It is really easy and A LOT cheaper than replacement. Make sure to use some plumbers grease liberally on the seats before you put the stem back in.

ETA: I have repaired a lot of these valves professionally and have never needed those wrenches
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 3:22:51 PM EDT
plummers
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 3:24:15 PM EDT
Replace the cartridge...

Link Posted: 1/4/2012 3:24:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By wtturn:
plummers

He didn't get a 'b' in spelling...
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 3:25:06 PM EDT
I love plums! What can I do for you?
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 4:22:50 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DriftPunch:

Originally Posted By wtturn:
plummers

He didn't get a 'b' in spelling...


That may be the first time in my life I spelled plumber, thanks for making me feel stupid.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 4:33:32 PM EDT
plumberz
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 4:37:17 PM EDT
Ass crack?
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 4:52:28 PM EDT
The wrenches should be easy to find...I agree on taking the entire valve stem to the hardware store.....good idea to change both hot and cold regardless of which one is leaking...+1 on the plumbers grease on all threads....if changing washers doesnt do the job, the valve seat could need to be cut..there's a tool for that too
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 4:57:22 PM EDT
My shower handle fixture looks nearly identical to that one and it's the newer style which doesn't require the stem wrenches. Any good hardware store should have them, but if you need them it's more than likely that you'll end up breaking it off. Just suck it up and buy the new assy. It'll cost you only a little more than the stem wrench set.

If you pull the knob off and take a pic for us we could tell you what type it is. Mine has a plastic sleeve which unscrews and lets the guts out. No stem wrench needed.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 5:07:06 PM EDT
Look on youtube for how to videos.

Like this.

Link Posted: 1/4/2012 5:35:54 PM EDT
Try replacing the washers––you don't need those wrenches. If possible, replace the valve seats as well. You need to buy a special tool but it is less than $8.



Link Posted: 1/4/2012 5:45:34 PM EDT
Guys, you couldn't be more on time with this thread.

I'm trying to fix my bathroom faucet as we speak and have finally run out of options for jury rigging my stuff.

Who knew the interweb was good for more than just entertainment.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 5:51:37 PM EDT
What could go wrong with plumbing.

Should be a ten minute job, and only one trip to the hardware store.

P.S. The older your place is, the easier it gets.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 5:58:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By NebraskaDizasta:
Yes. They can be repaired. I usually take one side apart. Then take the whole valve to the hardware store. Ace hardware will have a better selection over HD and Lowes. Match up the rubber parts of the valves seats and assemble in reverse order. It is really easy and A LOT cheaper than replacement. Make sure to use some plumbers grease liberally on the seats before you put the stem back in.

ETA: I have repaired a lot of these valves professionally and have never needed those wrenches


Basically this. You just need to replace some rubber washers, and you can probably take the whole thing apart with nothing more than a Philips head screwdriver and a set of Channellocks or Vicegrips.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 12:15:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/5/2012 12:18:31 PM EDT by GUTS]
I got it fixed with yous guys's help. It was actually quite simple now that it's done. I was able to fix it by removing only one phillips screw. I took the center screw out of the knob, pulled the extension out, pulled the little valve thing out, removed the little black spring and rubber cup deal that was smashed into the opening, took it to the hardware store, got it matched from the 1000 different styles available, and then lubed it up with plumbers lube, reversed dissassembly and wa fricken la it worked! Here is a couple of photos of the offending parts.

This metal piece is supposed to be flat, not dished.



This piece was also fubar and would no longer seat correctly on the screwed up metal piece, hence the continual flow of water past it.


This particular faucet is a Delta brand. Hopefully this post will help someone else with drip woes.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 12:24:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By KZ45:
What could go wrong with plumbing.

Should be a ten minute job, and only one trip to the hardware store.

P.S. The older your place is, the easier it gets.

Truth.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 4:45:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GUTS:
I got it fixed with yous guys's help. It was actually quite simple now that it's done. I was able to fix it by removing only one phillips screw. I took the center screw out of the knob, pulled the extension out, pulled the little valve thing out, removed the little black spring and rubber cup deal that was smashed into the opening, took it to the hardware store, got it matched from the 1000 different styles available, and then lubed it up with plumbers lube, reversed dissassembly and wa fricken la it worked! Here is a couple of photos of the offending parts.
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g236/Gutss/IMG_1837-1.jpg
This metal piece is supposed to be flat, not dished.
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g236/Gutss/IMG_1838.jpg
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g236/Gutss/IMG_1839.jpg
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g236/Gutss/IMG_1840.jpg
This piece was also fubar and would no longer seat correctly on the screwed up metal piece, hence the continual flow of water past it.
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g236/Gutss/IMG_1841.jpg
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g236/Gutss/IMG_1842.jpg
This particular faucet is a Delta brand. Hopefully this post will help someone else with drip woes.

That's the newer style stuff as I suspected. Be very grateful you didn't need the stem wrenches...

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