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Old 03-31-2012, 05:28 PM   #1
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I bought a new Delta 1323-HS shower to replace a leaky Delta 1400 series. Can I just replace down to the cartridge of the old? I don't want to re-rough-in the stringer. Thanks.

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The instructions call the 2x4 behind the shower wall a stringer backplate so I assumed the brass piece that connects to hot, cold, showerhead, and bath spout and holds the cartridge is called stringer because it screws onto the stringer backplate.
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Are you suggesting just stealing the parts off of one and using them to fix the old one without removing the whole valve body?
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The stringer is actually called the valve body. If it's leaking, return your purchase and buy a replacement cartridge for your existing valve.
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I currently have an old Delta 1400 series. It started leaking last week. I replaced the seats and springs, but that didn't work. Today, I went out and bought a new Delta fixture, and I'm hoping to install it without replacing the valve body. I'd like to just pull out the existing cartridge and put in the new one.
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depends on age of valve body "stringer" the newer ones can be switched to all diferent types delta calls it there multi-choice valve the easy way to tell is when you changed the cups and springs are they in a plastic piece that is screwed into valve body "stringer" or loose if they are screwed in then it is a multi-choice if not needs to stay the same style.
but i think the 1400 series is the box store cheap delta
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Ok, so I just went ahead and tried and the new cartridge is deeper than the old so it doesn't fit in the old valve body.

As it is right now, I've taken it right down to the valve body and shut the main off. Despite this, water is constantly dripping out of the valve body.

I'm assuming the valve body needs to be replaced, but isn't it just a piece of metal with water inlets? How can it be leaking?
Second, is it possible to replace my valve body without tearing out tiles? I've attached a picture of my situation.

(BTW, what are those set screws for on the incoming hot and cold lines?)

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From the picture it looks like the body is badly corroded.
The body is removed from the back side not where the tiles are.
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It has stopped dripping after about 20 minutes. Removing it from the back means tearing out part of my kitchen - not happening. If I ordered a replacement cartridge from Delta, would the leak stop?
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(BTW, what are those set screws for on the incoming hot and cold lines?)
They are to shout off the flow of water to the valve so you can replace the cartridge.
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ok there are different cartridges just call delta they will ask a few questions and if you are the original owner they will send you the parts for free under warranty and that is old style but i think it will also fit 1700 series also.
just make sure you clean inside of valve body with a emery cloth

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