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Old 11-04-2008, 11:32 AM   #1
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deciphering faucet handle

Greeting all on this election day!

I just located the replacement stems I needed for failed valves in my two-handle shower. I installed them OK; but I assumed the info on the side of the package would tell me what handle set to use. (Universal set came off) In fact is has a handle drawing with a numeral "4" in the center of it. I went over to the HD last night to get such a set. The ones available- mostly Danco products, were no coded with numbers. There was a book and a sample stem set; but I did not bring the stems in for a fit as they were already installed.

The pkg info as it relates to "handle" is:
Bibb Screw: 16
Handle Screw: 34
Handle Bushing: 22

Any idea where I can cross ref this to get the right handle the first trip?
It is made by plumbmaster, Inc. A replacement for "Central Brass". The plumbmaster part no. is 05104P




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Old 11-05-2008, 07:12 AM   #2
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I would take the old stem if available and the new stem box with the info to a plumbing supply store versus a big box to get the right handle.

Universal handles are not the way to go in my book. All they do is strip the stem so you cant put a regular handle back on.

For a two handle shower, you can get the whole rebuild kit including stems, handles, ferrules and escutheons for around 50 bucks.


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