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Old 09-05-2015, 03:31 PM   #1
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Bathtub faucet is leaking


I have a bathtub faucet that is leaking. It's the cold water handle. I looked up youtube.com video's on it, but can't seem to figure out how to remove this white bushing (see picture).
I've been stuck on it for an hour and giving up.
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Old 09-05-2015, 03:52 PM   #2
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See if you can pry it off with a small flat tip screwdriver wedge behind it. Use a little wd40 or pb blaster. Just a suggestion.

Others will be along with more suggestions.
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Don't start sticking screwdrivers in anything and prying. If you don't know what you are doing don't start poking at the bear, it will end up biting you.

Go to HD or Lowes and get a cartridge puller.
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Have the wife pull on it while you be on stand by at the water shut off valve. Turn the water on for water pressure ( about 60 psi ) to assist her pulling and when she screams turn the supply off and the cartridge will be laying out in the tub.

A rag of some kind over the drain is always a good idea.
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Old 09-05-2015, 05:02 PM   #5
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Does the brand of cartridge puller matter? I googled the term, and lots of options come up.
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Do you know the brand of faucet.
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No clue to be honest. It's been in the house since we bought it (10 years ago). I've been watching other Youtube video's, and the cartridge puller looks like it has to seat/mate up to something to grab the cartridge and pull it out. Mine has nothing to seat up to.
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On some models there is a bonnet nut (see example below) that needs to be removed. It can be removed with a strap wrench (ccw). Can't tell with the picture if there is one there or not. Can you clean it up a little more and check. Thanks.

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Yeah, that's it for sure. It looks like the bonnet nut might be missing. I see exposed threads on top. If that's the case, should I be able to gently pry the cartridge out. I found this webpage that gave some step by steps (http://www.handymanhowto.com/remove-...lve-cartridge/)? And do I just go to Home Depot or Lowes and replace the entire unit?

Thanks a million for your help and time!
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I wonder if someone glued the cartridge in.
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Old 09-06-2015, 09:39 AM   #11
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I wonder if someone glued the cartridge in.
You are not being serious, I hope.

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If you're able to identify the model there may be a rebuild kit for it. Those threads look ate up on the bottom. Could just be the picture. Might not be as bad as it looks after you clean it up.

Right at the top there is a little indentation, is there a retainer clip in there, if so remove it with a small flat tip screwdriver or needlenose pliers (careful you don't drop it down the wall) and cartridge should come out with a little wiggling. Take it to a big box, hardware or plumbing supply store to match it up.

Try removing some of that sediment calcium build up with some vinegar&water and toothbrush. Spray with some wd40 or pb blaster and let it soak for awhile.
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If that is constructed like my Delta's, a puller can be made of 2 wood screws and a piece of 3/4" wood.

Drill 2 holes 180 apart in the nylon/plastic that will allow #5 or #6 wood screws to be threaded into. Bore two holes in the wood strip equal distance of the holes in the cartridge a size that will allow the screws to slip through. Rest the wood on the stem end and screw the screws in equally to pull the cartridge bonnet.

For #5 screws probably looking at bits of 3/32" and 5/32". Test on scrap wood for fit.

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