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Old 03-18-2011, 09:10 AM   #16
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Harden faucet stem removal

If you place the vice grips 90 degrees to the long axis of the stem (teeth of vice grips mate with grooves of stem) then try tapping outwards on the vice grip with a hammer it might jar it loose.

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Old 03-18-2011, 12:37 PM   #17
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Harden faucet stem removal

Thanks, yes I did try that (gripping the stem at 90deg with the visegrips trying to get the grooves in the visegrip to align with the flutes in the stem) previously. The stem is not THAT long, of course so there's not much room to "swing" the hammer between the visegrips and the wall. I also tugged at the clamped visegrips with a slide hammer.
Wouldn't budge. The vise grips just started sliding and gouging up the brass stem.
I admit that I need to return and try this again with a better pair of visegrips, the grooves on the jaws of the pair I used were a little chewed up to start with.
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:38 PM   #18
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Harden faucet stem removal

Ok, get the shortest black pipe nipple you can find and two pipe caps. Drill a hole in each cap large enough for the valve stem to pass thru. Screw one cap on each end. One cap will protect the valve body. Clamp the vise grips on the stem. Clamp and lock as tight as you can. It shouldn't matter if you scar the stem a little. Hold the pipe nipple with one pair pliers and unscrew the cap with another. You could eliminate one cap if the pipe it self is the same diameter as the valve body. It only protects the threads of the valve body.

On the theory that it is swollen O rings or washers that is preventing removal of the valve stem, you could try heating the inside of the valve body with a torch but I would try the pipe nipple first. Heat until the washers are softened.

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Old 03-19-2011, 04:47 PM   #19
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Harden faucet stem removal

hmm... that's another good idea. A really good idea.
It's gonna be a couple - three weeks or more before I can get around to trying this -
but I will certainly post an update here with the results.

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