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Old 08-05-2015, 03:07 PM   #1
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Use grease on replacement Amer. Std. cartridges?


Have American Standard "Williamsburg" tub & shower faucet.
They sent replacement cartridges for the water control & the "pressure balancing cartridge" - (maintains hot & cold balance).

Should I grease the o-rings & seals before installing new cartridges?

Per A.S. support, the only instructions on installing them are from the original "rough in & installation guide."
Install: http://www.americanstandard-us.com/a...stall_2164.pdf

Parts: http://www.americanstandard-us.com/a...Parts_2164.pdf

Nothing mentioned about using grease (e.g., silicone) on the seals / surfaces, before inserting new cartridges in this tub faucet (many gaskets, seals).

For an A.S. , single handle kit faucet I have, they sent instructions w/ replacement parts & included silicone grease. Mentioned places to apply the grease.

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Following the instructions is generally a good thing.
I always use a faucet grease on all the robber parts when I switch cartridges.
Reduce friction, reduce wear.
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That's just it - for the Tub & Shower faucet, there's no mention of grease (any where I've looked). But these 2 cartridges have tons of rubber seals, o-rings.
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My short answer is, hell yes. Slather it up w/ silicone!
Too tired now for all details now.
But after taking ~ 30 min to get the temp balancing cartridge out (it broke off, from o-rings leaking? & lime holding it tight).

Then another 1, 2, 3 hrs (lost track) to clean lime off the "important areas" inside the brass valve body - W/O marring sealing surfaces, I made sure minerals won't stick to much of anything inside there - plastic, brass or otherwise.
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