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Old 01-20-2012, 03:07 PM   #1
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Hi,

I am trying to fix a dripping in my new home. How can I open this thing such that I can take out the stem assembly. Please see the picture below. I tried to unscrew it at the bottom, but without luck. It didn't even move a little bit. Since it may be rusted just as the shutoff valves, I tried WD40 too.

Please kindly help a newbie

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Old 01-20-2012, 03:08 PM   #2
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there should be a screw holding that handle to the stem.
look below where that small disc (index) was

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Does that bell shaped top turn the faucet on and off?

If so--it should lift straight up--Might be coroded to the shaft and need to be pried up--
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What does it look like from the top?
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Old 01-20-2012, 04:00 PM   #5
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Thx TarheelTerp & oh'mike for the prompt response and helpful tips.

1. There should be a screw holding that handle to the stem.

Yes, I have taken out the screw from the top;

2. Does that bell shaped top turn the faucet on and off?

Yes, absolutely. I am going to apply some PB Blaster and pry it up.

Please see the picture below again.

Thx again
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they make a handle puller for that. I am not sure if it would work in your situation. Pry on it. Be prepared, sometimes the handle breaks when you do that. Good luck
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Try putting the screw in about half way, then tap on it with a hammer while you hold the knob in your hand. The stem assembly should come loose from the handle.
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Hi all,
Thx again for the help I am making progress, but still not there yet.
oh'mike is right. It could be just pried up.

I still can't take out the stem assembly. Trying to take the stem out, I can turn it anti-clockwise (and clockwise) easily with a wrench. After so many turns, it still sits there without popping up.

Now, the question is how can I take out the stem?

Should I,
1. keep turning it at point 1 in the picture below?
2. pry it up (I love this after prying up the cap) at point 2 which is the steam sit?
3. do something at point 3?

Please help again
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When you turn the stem back and forth, does it go up and down, or stay the same height?
And by the way, next time, buy an american made crescent wrench, and let lowes keep that cobalt garbage. JK

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Hi Broox,
When you turn the stem back and forth, does it go up and down, or stay the same height?
No, it didn't go up and down.

I am going to try titanoman's suggestion. Of course, I will do it gently.
Try putting the screw in about half way, then tap on it with a hammer while you hold the knob in your hand. The stem assembly should come loose from the handle.

First time to fix faucet dripping in my whole life. I am having fun on it

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Buddy, this is tough. I am pretty sure you just have to pull really hard to get the stem out. But I am not positive. The fact that the stem does not go up and down leads me to believe it has a "barrel" in it. That is what I call it anyway. So the stem stays the same height, and the barrel moves up and down and compresses the washer, which is probably what needs to be replaced.Remember this advice is worth exactly what you are paying for it, but I think you need to pull up on the stem and it should come out.
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There should be a removable ring or clip that needs removing---Get a shot of the top of the unit without the wrench in the way---

That cartridge will pull straight up--but there has to be something holding it in or it would blast out while using.
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There should be a removable ring or clip that needs removing---Get a shot of the top of the unit without the wrench in the way---

That cartridge will pull straight up--but there has to be something holding it in or it would blast out while using.
That makes sense. Quack!
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I assumed the water has been shut off the whole time
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Hi Broox and all,

I made it. I just pulled it up a little hard with a Kabalt wrench and it came out

Broox said, "Buddy, this is tough. I am pretty sure you just have to pull really hard to get the stem out. ".

Thx a lot everyone!!!
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