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Old 01-03-2012, 09:55 PM   #1
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In the past I've switched out tap components without issue. Not only changing the washer, but the stem and even the post(don't know if that's the right term) on the inside. Switchced out shower components two months ago and all was well until last week. Then I found that tightening the taps did not stop the small drip that was starting. Today I installed new posts, new hot and cold (Waltec) valves and washers. I'm still getting dripping and no amount of tightening will help. About 2 litres(quarts) an hour. Seems like the water coming out is cold so I suspect that's where the problem is. Don't know what to do from here. Any ideas would be appreciated. Frustrating because I've done this before without issue. Our house is about 25 years old. Copper pipes. Fairly hard water but we've got a water softener.
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:00 PM   #2
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Install a whole new fixture.

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What do you mean by a whole new fixture? I have essentially replaced everything that I can without having to tear out the wall. Even the post thingys that have to be taken out with a hex driver have been replaced.
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That's a very old fixture, over time the bodys and seats inside pit and where the O rings sit wear out. You've had to work on it already how many times?
Any bathtub should be built so there's an access panel behind the control valve for just this reason.
May be time to add one.
Do they even still make that brand?
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no one wants to grind valve seats anymore.
or even to just change them out.

it's sad.
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:55 AM   #6
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First off - thanks for the quick replies.

Don't know what you mean by grinding the valve seats - do you mean as an option to swapping out the unit.

I've included a photo - yes, there is access (Behind the mirror - the shower is an ensuite). So, do you think the part I've circled it what needs replacement? Everything on the other side has been changed with new components. I've used a flashlight to look at the inside and to my eye it did not look too bad.
Am I missing something.

Thanks again,

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Am I missing something.
Maybe I was.
If you didn't already have half the sheetrock in the house removed...
then messing with the internals of an old faucet has greater merit.

That isn't the case here.
Replace the old faucet.

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Don't know what you mean by grinding the valve seats -
do you mean as an option to swapping out the unit.
Some reading for you here.
http://www.amazon.com/New-Fix-Yourse.../dp/0895778718

hth
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:45 PM   #8
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OK - again thanks for the replies. Ended up using teflon tape on the stems(Which I hadn't done before) and that seems to have done the trick. That being said - I agree that since the whole unit is getting older likely next time down the road I may have to get the whole unit replaced. Glad to know that whomever did the original plumbing left a proper access point for doing the plumbing.

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