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Old 01-10-2012, 08:00 PM   #1
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Help replacing stem valve assembly for washing machine


Hi everyone! I'm looking for some advice on replacing an older stem valve for a washing machine hookup. House is 1970's build.

Here is what I'm working with (note: pictures below show new valves installed). On/off up top and the hookups down below:

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Here are the details of the OLD valve (I think it's a Price Pfister 3204):

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I've checked three local Plumbing supply houses and no one was able to match my existing valve. Below-left is the best that they could do (PF S10-375 132440 - note that the newer valves threads are a bit longer):

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The plumbing shop suggested doubling up on the washers to get closer to the original length. What I've done is triple the washers and screw the valve right in. I didn't use any teflon tape, pipe dope or grease.

Problem: With the main on and valves turned OFF I get one drip (#2 below) about every 20 minutes). With the valves turned ON I get major spraying all around the washers at position #1. I first hand tightened it, then continued slowly tightening to see if I could get the dripping to stop. I'm at a point now that I feel that I'm over-tightening it and I'm afraid of stripping the whole assembly. That's it.


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Any suggestions on what the problem might be or how to resolve it? Any ideas where I could get a better replacement for the original valve? I'd like one more attempt at it before calling in a plumber.

Thanks!


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Old 01-10-2012, 08:25 PM   #2
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None of your images are coming through.
Pick one and *attach* it here (use the paperclip icon).

That said... fixing a 1970's anything is probably of questionable merit.
Maybe an old Chicago or T&S...

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Any suggestions on what the problem might be or how to resolve it?
What condition is the valve SEAT in?
Is it replacable?


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What condition is the valve SEAT in?
Is it replacable?
I don't see a way to remove it; assuming one exists. It's hard to tell. I don't see anything that would allow its removal using a seat wrench. I'll try to snap a picture of it today.
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I don't see a way to remove it; assuming one exists. It's hard to tell. I don't see anything that would allow its removal using a seat wrench. I'll try to snap a picture of it today.
It may be time to change these out.
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:34 PM   #5
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well it looks like you are in for some plumbing 101....don"t waste time trying to repair ...its time to replace...ben
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http://plumbing.hardwarestore.com/51...ox-636540.aspx
Time for a change.
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2 – tees 2 - arresters 2 – hose bibs... first time I see fixture zone valves used in that application. Or as my colleague pointed out use the pre fab box
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Thanks everyone! Good or bad I ended up teflon taping the connection and it seems to be holding up. I'll keep an eye on it for a few days and if it still leaks I'll try out the suggested pre fab box.

Thanks again...

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