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Old 07-21-2010, 08:38 PM   #1
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what do they call the chromed sleeves that cover the long valve stems that are needed to go through the tiling?
They go between the handle and the valve body and thread into the valve body with very fine threads.

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do you mean the escutcheon?

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There is a chrome sleeve that slides over the stem and screws onto the stem body. My Gerber faucets have them but I don't know the proper name for them either. The escutcheon is the face plate right?
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There is a chrome sleeve that slides over the stem and screws onto the stem body. My Gerber faucets have them but I don't know the proper name for them either. The escutcheon is the face plate right?
do you have an escutcheon and this unnamed trim piece or is it all one piece?

does your Gerber look anything like this? If so, take note of part #7 on the parts diagram

http://gerberonline.com/fileLib/2,3,...er%20valve.pdf

If you have a separate escutcheon and this part, the diagram calls it a sleeve.
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do you have an escutcheon and this unnamed trim piece or is it all one piece?

does your Gerber look anything like this? If so, take note of part #7 on the parts diagram

http://gerberonline.com/fileLib/2,3,...er%20valve.pdf

If you have a separate escutcheon and this part, the diagram calls it a sleeve.
Actually it is called a threaded escutcheon [ih-skuhch-uhn]. Or number 7 in the diagram is "escutcheon threaded trim".
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Actually it is called a threaded escutcheon [ih-skuhch-uhn]. Or number 7 in the diagram is "escutcheon threaded trim".
it is still an escutcheon.

that's like saying, yep, my car has rims on it. More specifically they are cast aluminum with a polished face and an epoxy clear coat but yet, they are still rims.
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it is still an escutcheon.
Yep, pretty much a fancy word for shiny piece that makes it look good
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OK, when this 'piece' cannot be removed by a strap wrench or a Visegrip, how do plumbers get the thing off?
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OK, when this 'piece' cannot be removed by a strap wrench or a Visegrip, how do plumbers get the thing off?
Plumbers have strong hands

Actually if you're replacing it anyway, use a pipe wrench
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If its plastic, break it off and replace it...if its metal you can try heating it while applying the wrench
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Thanks.
Next time I try a pipe wrench. It may work when a Visegrip doesn't.

I guess I could have also put a hose clamp on the thing so the Visegrip wouldn't slip.

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Is it part 7 or 6- sliding chrome trim. Mine unscrew with a damp face cloth for leverage and I wrap it with nylon tape to keep it from seizing up. It will unscrew but you may desroy it if it's that tight. A pair of pliers or adjustable wrench on the edge of the sleeve may turn it but it will bend the hell out of it first.
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never hurts to put a little penetrating oil on and tap nicely with a hammer.
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As long as there's water in the pipe I'm thinking now a propane torch applied for a few seconds should loosen things up.
I get another crack at it tomorrow.

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