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Old 05-08-2012, 07:54 PM   #1
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I am replacing a valve cartridge on a Delta 1400 shower faucet. I pulled the handle off, then the outer sleeve and now I'm trying to get the collar off. I'm using channel locks, but it isn't budging. I'm worried that if I use more force that I'll twist the copper tubing. I just sprayed PB Blaster to see if it would loosen the connection, but I wanted to check to see if there were any tricks before I go further.

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Old 05-08-2012, 08:03 PM   #2
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once in a while i get one of those they are not fun. i like a pipe wrench less likely to deform brass

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Old 05-08-2012, 08:46 PM   #3
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After I posted, I was able to get it to break free. Unfortunately, the valve unit is now crooked. I can get the sleeve back on, but there is a small gap between the sleeve and the escutcheon.

Is it safe to "gently" pull it back straight, or am I going to need to reinstall a new copper manifold?
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turn the water on if it does not leak you should be good
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Water is on - no leaks. I am going to try to pull up to straighten it out. Hopefully the copper is still in good shape after 15 years.
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some times you can tighten one screw and loosen other to straighten it up. usually due to lack of support on pipes and valve body
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I have had too many bad experiences with those things. Whenever I see one, I go back and get a new valve to have on hand in case the repair goes south. Sounds like yours worked out well.


What a horrible design.

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