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smilee0

08:56AM | 12/15/05
Member Since: 12/14/05
3 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
I have two handle faucet in the tub. One of the faucet has been dripping water for few days. To fix the washer on the stem I removed the handle, and the packing hex nut. Behind that was old (leather) packing material which I removed, and tried to unthread the stem in 'on' direction. With no luck I was able to move the stem. Unfortunately I broke the head part of the stem with excessive force. Any suggestions on how to get this jammed stem out? Thanks.

doug seibert

09:34AM | 12/15/05
Member Since: 08/10/02
843 lifetime posts
You'll find another fitting between the packing and the stem that needs to be removed before the stem can be removed......Here's a diagram that may help.........hopefully you'll be able to find/buy a replacement stem.......

http://www.terrylove.com/pp_3.htm

smilee0

10:18AM | 12/15/05
Member Since: 12/14/05
3 lifetime posts
Thanks. I looked for that ring looking stuff as shown in the diagram, and couldn't find any.

The faucet is atleast 15-20 year old. It says 'sterling' on the handle. Not sure if the handle is original, or if this is a sterling brand?

Still looking for help to remove this 'stem'

doug seibert

01:05PM | 12/15/05
Member Since: 08/10/02
843 lifetime posts
By definition the packing is sandwiched between two fittings so that it seals the stem.......

What is the "next" brass piece you see as you look at the faucet body.....does it have a hex shape......

Here are the PDF files at sterling

http://www.sterlingplumbing.com/faucets/bathshower.html

smilee0

05:31AM | 12/16/05
Member Since: 12/14/05
3 lifetime posts
Thanks Doug.

First I was not looking for two hex nuts. The big one was hiden by the tiles. Infact that's the one I needed to take out, not the packing one. Looks fine, I found the new stem, and replaced the old one.


doug seibert

06:54AM | 12/16/05
Member Since: 08/10/02
843 lifetime posts
I'm glad you were able to complete the project.......always a good feeling to tackle the unknown and succeed......come back again......
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