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Old 02-04-2013, 12:29 AM   #1
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I have replaced the entire stem/cartridge for my shower faucets and every once in a while I would notice water leaking out from the tubes. So I went to investigate further and noticed that if I slightly pull up on the handles that they will continuously leak until I let go of them. If I push slightly down on them it will cause the water flow to be restricted. Is this normal or is there an easy way to fix this?

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Old 02-04-2013, 12:33 AM   #2
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No model# no picture, so I'll guess.
The packing nut on the shaft is loose and need to be snugged up a little, or the oring or packing needs to be replaced.
Remove the handle and snug up the nut around the shaft.

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Old 02-04-2013, 12:43 AM   #3
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I don't know the model number, here's a pic.
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:52 AM   #4
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Something does not look right there.
Looks like your missing two parts.
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...electedIndex=8
Parts 9 and 10 are missing.
Looks like someone set that deverter to far back in the wall or something has been added to the wall to through it off.

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I removed item # 9 to get a better look. Item # 10 is just for appearance but they wouldn't fit because the new stems were about an inch shorter than the old ones.

Edit: Actually I think it may have been that the handles were designed differently, not that the stems were shorter.

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Old 02-04-2013, 08:37 AM   #6
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The rubber O-rings (part 5) might be missing or not compressed properly---or the shafts are smaller than the original----cap nut and the packing under it (the O-ring) should be stopping the water---
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:05 AM   #7
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If those parts are not in place there's no way to seal the panel to keep water out.
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Stem extensions are available for most brands of faucets---

I'm not familiar with Gerber--they are not a popular brand in this area---but I'll bet they have a customer help line---I have had good luck with the staff at Delta--Moen and Kohler---My guess is Gerber will be just as helpful----make a call----
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You can do like my Dad does, Buy a large sized zip loc bag and duct tape it above the handles with the open end down. Acts like a surface mount counter flashing. LOL

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Does your dad also get up on the roof every year and put a trash bag over his turbin vents because he thinks he's loosing heat?
Every year I see the same houses doing that. Drives me nuts.
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Sorry but the only thing that faucet has going for is the name which gerber use to make great fixture 40 years ago. looks like your to far in on the rough. try the kohler trend a little bit more than that Gerber, not sure how much you paid but i can get them here for about 49 bucks.
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:15 PM   #12
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Where I live Gerber is VERY common. I can't tell the depth by the pic. Couple of things: first, make sure you tighten the packing nut. That most likely is causing the water to leak around the stem. The packing nut is the first nut you see there around the stem. Second, you can get Gerber handles with a long or short stem. If you use the long stem handle, the handle will come out a couple of inches. You should have a chrome sleeve and escutcheon on there as well.

Did you check or change the seat as well???

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