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Old 02-18-2017, 08:01 PM   #1
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Water leaking from bath faucet


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It was originally leaking from the hot, but I moved it over to the cold so I wouldn't burn my hand using the shower. I repacked the stem with some of that graphite packing material. It definitely helped, but didn't stop the leak altogether. It's possible my packing technique is lacking. I basically just jammed a lot of the material in there and tightened everything down.

Do I need a new stem, or perhaps a different packing material/technique? If I need a new stem, anyone know what brand this is? It's 4 5/16" long and 16 spline.

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In your picture, it looks like the flat washer is nonexistent. Could just be the way I'm looking at the pic. Did you put a new washer on the stem bottom of the stem?
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I don't recognize the stem type. Someone here might though.

You can take that stem to a local hardware, plumbing or big box store and try to match it up. I have good luck with a local hardware store.
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No matches at Home Depot. Scoured the internet all day and could not find anything.

Do think I might have luck trying to repack?
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Is there a new rubber washer on the bottom of the stem? it looks like the screw head is showing.

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Yes I replaced the washer. That is a screw head, but that's how it is designed.
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You can try to repack again, but it didn't work the first time. Sounds like the stem itself or seats are bad. Its not getting a good seat. I'm leaning towards the stem. It doesn't work in either hot or cold.

Have you tried taking it to a plumbing supply or hardware store to match it up. Talk to one of the sales people to help you out they are usually retired plumbers. It's better than trying to scour the internet. You might get lucky. Just a suggestion.
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The leak in the video is caused by the packing or the lack of packing around the stem.

Describe how you did the repacking.

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Remove the bonnet nut.
Wrap the stem with several wraps of string graphite. Push bonnet nut up to push graphite in. Tighten bonnet nut. Loosen bonnet nut and look to see if you can add any more graphite and still get bonnet nut to start threading.
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No matches at Home Depot. Scoured the internet all day and could not find anything.

Do think I might have luck trying to repack?


Home depot usually carriers seat washers that sits in the end with the screw thet holds washer down. This is what 90% of the time will cause water to pass by.


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This is what 90% of the time will cause water to pass by.
That is not the problem.
The problem is the leak around the stem.
The problem is exacta's lack of skill in repacking the graphite around the stem.
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