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homeowner512

08:10AM | 08/31/06
Member Since: 08/30/06
4 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
I have a Delta tub faucet. I think the Cold is leaking - fast now.

1. How do I figure out if hot or cold is leaking?

2. How do you repair a Delta tub faucet?

Thanks.

Sylvan

08:39AM | 08/31/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1566 lifetime posts
Me_office1
1-Place your hand under the drip if you do NOT get burned it is cold water

2- You can also shut the HOT water supply valve and see if the drip stops IF it doesnt it is a COLD WATER drip.

3- You use OEM Delta parts

your welcome


homeowner512

08:45AM | 08/31/06
Member Since: 08/30/06
4 lifetime posts
I am a do-it-yourselfer and a couple of years ago fixed the tub spigot leak. Where can I get instructions on how to fix the cold water drip? (female with common sense here)...or do you suggest a plumber be hired (kinda broke at the moment).

also, I notice when I turn the hot water on for a shower and then the cold, I HARDLY have to turn the cold handle before the shower would be too cold. Is there an adjustment I could make between the hot handle having to be turned a lot more than the cold handle?

THANKS!

Sylvan

02:24PM | 08/31/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1566 lifetime posts
Me_office1
My pleasure mam, Delta is a great company to deal with (one of the best) and they have an 800 number and if you contact them they will not only mail you the parts FREE but also give you written directions with lots of pictures that you could use to repair and adjust most Delta products.

Now for the draw back they will want a model number and hopefully you have saved the paper work OR you may have to go on the Internet and look up Delta shower body or shower valves and look for a picture of the one you have.

Most of the time it is the handle that helps decide which one you have.

Also the temperature fluctuations may be caused by a pressure / temperature balance type of shower body and there is an adjustment.

Feel free to E mail me any time ... Sylvan

homeowner512

07:51AM | 09/04/06
Member Since: 08/30/06
4 lifetime posts
Well, thanks to your advice, I called Delta and they told me I needed seats and springs and gave me the part number to go buy it. Did that and put in the seat and spring and went to test the line but didn't have the screw on sleeve on tight enough so it all busted out and I created a flood in the wall and into my basement. Went to re-do the seat and spring (lost first one in blowout in wall) and then the O-ring broke. So the Delta person gave me info to go buy that part. Unfortunately just can't buy the o-ring - had to buy the stem unit assembly. Did that and put everything back together. Works. Noticed though that cold water faucet is "looser" to turn on and off than hot water. Why is that?

NOW notice the spicket decides to leak while shower is on. It leaks water plus "sprays" it also. Not immensely, but enough to put me on notice I have to fix it before it leaks more.

Do you think fixing the cold water handle put water pressure elsewhere (now thru the spicket)?

And why do you think the cold water knob is way too easier to turn on and off than the hot water knob?

thanks in advance :)


Sylvan

09:21AM | 09/04/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1566 lifetime posts
Me_office1
I reckon plummin is not quite as easy as some folks think huh?

Lets assume you had called in a local licensed plumbing contractor the licensed person herself or himself and they had charged you $125- $150 for this job plus parts

Think of all the time you wasted and consider that your time is worth something.

Many, many times I call in contractors to do work in my home as I feel they can do it cheaper and faster then I can.

For me to paint a room for example means I am painting a room thus not out in the field working so in reality I am losing money by doing it myself.

Now in your case the work is still not completed and now you have a wet basement and possibly are facing a mold condition.

Here a licensed plumber could have did this job normally less then half an hour and you would not have the flooding you created.

Everyone needs to make a living and put a value on their time.

Can I paint Yes will I paint my own hone Certainly not.

Can I change the oil for my vans and cars Yes, will I NOPE as I know I cannot compete with their prices.

Next time consider hiring a professional and then watching so you can see how it is done. Good luck

homeowner512

12:49PM | 09/05/06
Member Since: 08/30/06
4 lifetime posts
I've noticed in other threads you try to scold people. I never expected it here. Listen, sir. When you have to choose whether to have enough money to put food on the table versus calling a plumber, and the Delta professional tells you it is easy to do it yourself and the part costs $4.00, well, which would you choose.

I think you should stop and think that not everyone has the spare cash to hire a plumber and therefore is FORCED to do-it-themselves - or at least attempt to.

I didn't think asking for assistance on BobVila.com would cause the experienced plumber to scold instead of offer assistance. I don't believe you belong on this site anymore if people will experience your attitude.

Moderator, I'd like to file a complaint on this site.


fugazi48

07:31AM | 09/06/06
Member Since: 03/08/06
192 lifetime posts
Yep, my time isn't worth $125/hr. I am not going to pay someone more than I make myself. I would rather do the research and try to fumble through.

hardware stores like Ace will have drawers of various Orings. You might be able to find one that fits and not have to spend $15 on a new stem.

I have found that good plumbing supply houses can look at your part and know what to replace. I will never go to Lowes again when I have a leaky faucet.

Sylvan

03:45PM | 09/06/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1566 lifetime posts
Me_office1


Mr Fugazi48, I like what you posted

"Yep, my time isn't worth $125/HR. I am not going to pay someone more than I make myself. I would rather do the research and try to fumble through"

Does this apply to brain surgery and minor operations Or any field that charges more then you are paid?

For your information I charge way more then $150+ per HR.

Possibly you are under the misunderstanding that the $150 PLUS goes into my pocket and the $57,000 I pay for insurance per year I should not take into consideration.

The CEU's I take to keep abreast of current codes changes mean I have to attend classes and of course this schooling also I have to pay for. (But I should not pass this along either huh?)

My vans carry an inventory of several thousand dollars plus my employees like to be paid a living wage ($25 per HR plus benefits for a helper who is willing to learn and show up on time sober and be drug free)

The 10,000 hours of schooling plus the 744 hours of class room studies I think I am entitled to be compensated for and this was just to get my journeyman's license not counting the other 5 years needed in the profession before I was eligible to take my 4 part master exams.

I guess the girl in the office should also not be paid as it will drive up the cost of doing business and I should dump my Merlin phone system and have folks just drop by my office ( or get a PO box and scrap the office) let them send me an E mail when they have a gas leak or flooded basement.

I guess you think tools are free and snakes and water jetters and video cameras never need to be replaced or repaired.

My office rent , electric, water and tax I should also leave out of the cost of doing business column.

Of course the bookkeeper should never get her $1,000 per week just to do pay roll and do the billing and schedule work as I can hire a kid part time and pay them off the books and not worry about matching social society and giving her a retirement package.

I should hire a guy with minimum training and send him out to unsuspecting victims homes and charge them $15 per HR.

He can ride a bike to get there saves on gas.

Mr. Fugazi I think if people did what you suggest this would be an amazing place as why pay someone for the skills they took years to hone, why reward someone for knowing the correct job.

Everyone should work with no insurance and pay employees as low as possible this way it is far better to hire someone non skilled, non licensed and non insured and let fate just happen in case they cause a fatal mis take in venting or cross connections so be it. At least they worked cheap.

Thank you sir, I just learned how to cut my over head by at least $100,000 per year.

I think I will run a country rather then having some drunk driving drug addict senator making more then me getting paid to get high and like his drive them one way father who left the scene of a killing I could run for senate.

I think it is also a disgrace to allow these mutts to make more then the average law abiding citizenso lets do a test on our leaders to see who is unfit to make laws they themselves do not follow.

Why have politicians in the Senate who would never hold a job in the civilian market place where drug testing is mandatory and I demand my employees to come to work sober and have a clean drivers license?

You are correct sir and I salute your wisdom NEVER hire anyone who makes more then you do

So lets hold back taxes until congress and the sensate agree to a huge roll back in pay as they do not deserve the money they are getting for the job they are doing IMHO.

As an Employer I could never do a Wild Bill Clinton thing and not be sued out of business.

So why should Wild Bill make more then you? I am sure you could a better job then he ever did.

Sir,I wish to thank you for your wisdom.


Pipingdude

03:28PM | 09/07/06
Member Since: 09/06/06
11 lifetime posts


Dear Homeowner 512,

Let me see if I understand this correctly. You post a message asking for help with a problem Delta faucet that you say is dripping but you haven't the common sense, to tell if it's hot water or a cold water drip, In your second post and I quote "(female with common sense here)" at this point I would have suggested that you call a plumber. Sorry that your broke, hop on the bus with the rest of us working stiffs.

Than your problem escalates or as that cook always says lets kick it up a notch, in your second post, problem goes from a dripping faucet to one which also has a temperature and flow problem.

Gosh you are getting a little pushy here asking a professional for his help when he should have told you to call a licensed plumber especially after the problem escalated.

Sylvan answers back and is more than helpful he even points you in the direction for parts replacement and that Delta has a 800 number, yes anything to help the consumer, so they can come back at you later and try to sue or call you names.

Your third post you claim " I fixed it...I think" well which is it? from the sounds of the post you screwed up the job every which way from Sunday, if I came to your house and did a repair job and responded with a I fixed it I think ,charged you, left, and than received a call back to correct my screw up plus have to correct any damage, would you still pay my bill or the extra time for " I thought I fixed it"?

Still, all in all, Sylvan did a exemplary job of not calling you a screw up instead he just chastised you and related to you the folly of folk trying to be there own trades repair person, as a matter of fact you would be better off doing electrical, than plumbing, insurance companies would rather pay out for a fire than for water damage and if you don't believe this ask those folk who lived where New Orleans once was and who are still trying to rebuild in a flood plain.

In your following post you make reference that this person (Sylvan) with whom you are dealing try's and scolds other posters to this self help site. Where is your common sense now, down the toilet or maybe behind the wall with that Delta Faucet. I'll tell you where it is, its right where you left it, looking out for yourself, you are bargain hunting, looking for a deal or something for nothing. How can you make accusations like that and still want to do business with this individual? edited by Moderator removed personal slur.

Than you ask for a moderator, yeah right, Bob will send a moderator to your house to fix that drippy faucet right along with the $500,000 remodel they'll sell you and you'll more than likely think its the next best thing since sliced white bread.

If you feel you are Forced or attempt to try a repair, to save money, I think it's time for you to consider selling your house and renting. Your own attempts at repair are going to drive you into the poor house and maybe even become hazardous to your health and that of your family.

IMHO of course

PipingDude
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