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Old 01-01-2017, 11:48 AM   #1
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I am trying to replace my valve stems on my 1950s era tub/shower. Can anyone possibly identify this manufacture?


There is a "R" on the shower/tub diverter.

I am going to try to get the valve stems out but they are cemented in and have to be careful with any chemicals due to the fact we just got the tub and tile surround professionally refinished and do not want to screw up the refinish coating they put on. If anyone has any ideas how to loosen them without the use of chemicals, please let me know. Thanks in advance.


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Old 01-01-2017, 11:54 AM   #2
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I've had luck with a DEEP WELL socket and a breaker bar.

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Unfortunately, a traditional socket will not work because there are only two flat sides to grab on to (on the stem and on what I am presuming is the lock ring for the stem). I am thinking about going and borrowing a pipe wrench from my brother, although I don't know if even that will work.




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PB Blaster and a torch. You might be able to cut open a 1/2 drive O2 sensor tool, if the flats are the same size. Most O2 sensors are 7/8" or 22mm.
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What you have on that is the resurfacing agent.

I would get it's remover, and CAREFULLY use it on the fitting, using a small brush and paper towels to wipe it off.

If done carefully you won't touch the surround.

There appears to be something imprinted in the lower fitting on the first pictures, this might give you a manufacturer and #s.

That R might be the REGAL company, I think that they were around back then.
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Use plastic and tape on that collar to keep the pen oil from getting on the tiles.
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