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Old 02-25-2012, 02:13 PM   #16
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Stuck faucet valve steam has no hex/packing nuts?


I got the replacement stem in, and there is no hex nut on the stem. It basically just has 2 flat spots on the front of the stem for a flat wrench and unscrews easily. I have put a ton of pressure on the installed stem and it is not budging even slightly.. I am basically convinced it is welded or soldered into the piping in the wall, or else it is extremely stuck from corrosion.. either way, it seems that it is not coming out unless I cut it out.

I decided to tackle the bedroom shower first, since we don't use that one and it also needs to be redone and don't want to be without any working shower if something takes longer than expected.. it is installed the exact same way, so I took a few photos to try to show better what I am talking about.. photos didn't come out as clear as I wanted though

I guess I should have at least removed the chrome stem cover first.. maybe I will do that and take some better photos.







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Old 02-25-2012, 02:28 PM   #17
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I'm trying to fix a drip/leaky bath tub faucet, and I am unable to remove the valve stem for the cold water. From what I can tell there are not any packing or hex nuts on the assembly. I don't really know what I'm looking at though. I tried to get a few photos to show what I'm talking about. The end of the stem in the photos appears to go directly into the piping inside the wall, it attaches inside of an elbow joint. I guess I may have to knock some of the tile out or something, in case I am just not able to see everything, but there doesn't appear to be any nuts back there either

The threads you can see on the ends appear to just be for the chrome sleeve/escutcheon to screw onto, as the threads end before going into the next piping in the wall.

Any help/tips would be much appreciated. I'm new to plumbing work and like I said, don't really know what I'm looking at. Thanks



That is strange!
Ill go dig my sockets out and show you a picture of the tool I normally remove them with
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The first picture is the type of stem I normally come across in shower faucets,the 2nd is the sockets for removing them .
Much easier than me taking pictures and resizing things!
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Well I just went to remove the faucet handles and stem cover, and the whole stem immediately unscrewed very easily by hand, without a socket or wrench..

So I guess that answers that question- my problem stem is just severely stuck in place from corrosion I guess.

These specific stem types don't require a socket for removal, as there are no nuts holding anything in place.. it just unscrews very easily by hand/wrench.

I'll post a pic in a bit of one that is unscrewed to show what I'm talking about better.

Now I just have to figure out how to go about the one that is really stuck in place
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Here's the stem I just took out of my other shower.. one pic of the 1st piece unscrewed and the other pic is partially unscrewed


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too late to stop now that thing is boggered up big time...that will unscrew turn left and push down for leverage it should break free or just break...no other way...

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