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Old 12-27-2015, 02:52 PM   #1
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I've popped off the handle, removed the screw and plastic, and the small wire, but can't seem to get the actual stem out. I don't want to break it, but I can't seem to pull it out. Ideas anyone?

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Old 12-27-2015, 03:09 PM   #2
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Could you post a quick picture?

Is it Moen?

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Old 12-27-2015, 03:15 PM   #3
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Sorry - I tried posting photos a few times... hope it takes this time. It's a Glacier Bay Leonardo faucet from Home Depot.
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Old 12-27-2015, 03:28 PM   #4
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Still looks like there is a retainer clip on it. Try some pentrating oil.
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Old 12-27-2015, 03:32 PM   #5
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Thanks! Picture was taken before I removed the clip...

That's the only difference between the picture and how it's now. The stem is still in there very tight...

From all the YouTube videos I've seen, it should just pull out... But I must be missing something.
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Old 12-27-2015, 04:25 PM   #6
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side view if that helps... i've tried loosening it, but all i see to do is mark up the brass.
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Could just be sediment build-up. Try some penetrating oil and channel locks or pliers and work stem back & forth a little, then up. Is it threaded in? If so, use a cresent wrench.

As you've mentioned, stem should just pull right out once the locking nut and retainer are removed. Open stem to on position. Don't forget to turn off water.

Are you replacing the stem with a new one? If so, take it to a hardware, big box, or plumbing supply store and match it up. Don't forget to check the seats and springs, replace if needed.

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Old 12-27-2015, 07:01 PM   #8
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The hex nut looks to have had all the wrong wrenches on it so now it's time for the pipe wrench. Bump the pipe wrench with your hand as an impact and if that hurts too much a 2x4 about 2 ft. long makes a great impact tool when it hits near the handle end.
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Old 12-27-2015, 07:35 PM   #9
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Make sure the handle is in the open position. Then use channel locks on the big brass nut or an adjustable wrench. But it must be fully open first.
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Old 12-27-2015, 08:40 PM   #10
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You have a store brand cheap faucet, do yourself a favor and replace the whole thing with a better brand, Moen comes to mind.
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Old 12-27-2015, 09:15 PM   #11
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be careful not to hurt stem splines anymore.....remember righty tighty ..lefty loosey...
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Have you removed the cap nut yet? That shaft goes through the cap nut---put a crescent wrench on that and unscrew it

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