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Homeboy

04:28PM | 12/19/02
Member Since: 12/18/02
3 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
Not being too much of a handy man, I find myself in a precarious position. I am trying to replace the cartridge in the shower's mixing valve (whatever that is called). Come to find out that the screw that holds the temperature control knob in hopelessly stripped and (after purchase) even a screw extractor is useless. At this point do I:
a) continue drilling until nothing remains of the original screw,
b) hope that someone who does call themself a handy man can come to my aid,
c) contact a plumber to resolve the problem who'll charge me for the stupidity of whoever stripped the screw in the first place...?

Please respond promptly if you should have any assistive device to aid me in my quest.
Thanks.

raymondvinzant

09:00PM | 12/19/02
Member Since: 11/17/02
50 lifetime posts
A plumber is going to drill the head of the screw off, then remove the handle, take a pair of needle nose vise grips and remove the balance of the screw, which will be about a quarter inch long. Then he will repair the faucet, install a new screw and the handle and charge you 180 bucks. Your choice.
Good Luck
Raymond
Plumbing Prof.

joed

02:14PM | 12/20/02
Member Since: 09/17/02
527 lifetime posts
If you know a handyman try that. If it doesn't work get the handle off and remove the cartridge, you should be able to replace the entire cartirdge.
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