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Old 03-31-2016, 05:40 PM   #1
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Changing stem and seat


I bought a home last summer and I'm having fun trying to figure out all the little things for the upkeep of the house. Next project is fixing this leaky faucet in the shower. Not sure what brand this is but the guy at Home Depot told me that I have to remove this face plate to pull out the stem. I can't seem how to figure that out. The knob pulls off easily, but the crank beneath it doesn't. Also, no screws or pins anywhere. I'm afraid to pry this off cause I don't want to break it. Can anyone help with taking this apart to pull out the stem?
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Old 03-31-2016, 05:50 PM   #2
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Looks like some build up corrosion around it. Spray some pb blaster on it, let it sit for awhile, give it a few taps and try again. Good stuff imo. Just a suggestion.

If the handle pulled off, I'm guessing the crank will to. If not, there's got to be a way. Someone here will find it.

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So it really is a matter of just yanking it off? I'm wondering what is binding it to the wall.
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I keep a double edge razor blade for jobs like that just in case someone sealed those things to the wall with silicone adhesive sealant. I push the blade with pliers to avoid hurting my old fingers.
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Agree with senior, get a razor blade or box cutter ready, once you get the other handle off the trim may glued or siliconed on there.
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So it really is a matter of just yanking it off? I'm wondering what is binding it to the wall.
I don't know for sure if the handle on the crank just pulls right off or not, just guessing, but that's how the other handle came off. I assume manufacture did the crank handle the same way.

As for the trim plate, follow senior's advice. If there are no screws or that escutcheon in the middle doesn't unscrew and release it, it's probably siliconed or glued on somehow.

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Thanks all. I'm gonna go at it this weekend and report back what happens.
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Update: So the short of it is, I didn't do it. I started to pull at the bottom handle but it wouldn't come off. It has been dripping off and on and all weekend, it didn't drip. My wife told me not to worry about it and was afraid I was going to break it so I just stopped. If it gets worse, I'll go at it again.
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