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Old 01-20-2016, 06:02 PM   #1
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Purpose of packer washer in shower stem


I would like to know what the primary purpose is of the big fat fiber washer inside the shower valve stem. Some are 1/4 " thick while others are 1/2" thick. Should they be replaced every time you replace the shutoff washer at the end of the valve stem?

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The packer washer on the stem keeps water from leaking around the stem.

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Thanks for your response. Then, what keeps the faucet from turning very easily as oppose to having some resistance to make it turn slow? My hot water valve almost spins freely as oppose to the cold water valve which requires a small amount of force to turn it?
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the packing does wear out over time, and there should be a nut to tighten down the packing, hence the name..
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Then, what keeps the faucet from turning very easily as oppose to having some resistance to make it turn slow?
The packing usually has some lubricant(graphite or teflon) in it that allows the stem to turn. If you tighten the packing nut too tight the valve will get stiff to turn. If you loosen it too much the valve will leak.

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