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Thread is stripped on bath fixture valve stem, need to get valve stem turned water will not shut off when main is turned on.

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No fix here. You will have to replace the faucet

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Dripping bath faucet circa 1985. Can't ID model but appears to have 2 screws holding front of casting to main body for disassembly . Faceplate is square in shape and black in color HELP!


  • 1 Close the hot and cold water valves in the cabinet beneath the sink to shut the water supply off to the bath faucet.
  • 2 Remove the bath faucet's handle to access the valve cartridge. The faucet handle is removed by first detaching the handle's insert cap using the tip of a screwdriver or utility knife to expose the handle screw. Remove the handle screw with a Phillips screwdriver, then pull the handle off the valve cartridge stem.
  • 3 Loosen and remove the cartridge valve nut with an adjustable wrench. Some faucet models retain the valve cartridge with a snap ring and are removed with snap ring pliers.
  • 4 Pull the old valve cartridge out of the bath faucet base, using pliers.
  • 5 Insert the new replacement valve cartridge into the faucet housing and replace the nut or snap ring removed in Step 3, using an adjustable wrench or snap ring pliers.
  • 6 Reinstall the faucet's handle onto the valve cartridge post, then secure the handle's screw, using a screwdriver.
  • 7 Replace the insert cap into the handle to cover the handle's screw hole.
  • 8 Turn on the hot and cold water valves beneath the sink to restore the water supply.
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    If you had to shut the entire house off to install, your main valve may have broken off. Common problem with cheap Home Depot gate valves. Check valve and see if it turns endlessly. If so, that's the problem. To get water back on you'll need to shut off at the meter. The stem assembly screws into the valve body. Carefully take a wrench and unscrew stem assembly from body. Once removed you will need a pair of needle nose pliers to remove gate assembly which broke off. Pull out gate, make take a little effort if water is hard in your area, may have to tap a few times with small hammer on bottom of valve to free it up. After removing gate, reassemble whats left of the stem assembly. Be careful with gasket, grease on threads helps. Tighten vice and snug. Note: Whenever you are working on piping, plumbing systems, always be aware of how you tighten and loosen things up. Back up what your removing with another wrench or channel locks. You don't want to snap something off and create more problems!

    Now go back inside and open hot and cold water in tub. Make sure valve is on over water heater. DON'T PLUG IN OR TURN ON ELECTRIC WATER HEATER UNTIL YOU KNOW IT'S FULL.
    Turn water back on at meter. Go inside and see if water is coming out.

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    Yes,handle is just tight,put a small cresent wrench on end and try and wiggle back and forth-be careful,but should come off stem.Turn water off to house,(plus you might as well do cold side too.Should be packing nut underneath which is usually in wall,but you need to turn counterclockwise and pull stem washer will be there. hopefully in good shape.If not take to good hardware store and they can help rebuild,also they make a valve socket set to pull stems if there in the wall

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    The hot water is not coming out the tap in the bath,only slight dribble,it wont turn on fully also.


    possibly some sediment caught in the cartridge or stem. put some water in a bowl or sink, turn the water off to the fixture, remove the cartridge or stem, flush the cartridge or stem in the water, check for blockage inside valve body, replace parts, turn on water.

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    The valve stem has a small rubber washer on the bottom held in place with a screw. This washer sits on a small metal rim inside the fixture so you have 1 or 2 problems, possibly both. Remove handle from stem and remove stem retaining nut. Unthread stem from fixture and check the washer on the bottom. Also inspect that metal rim - if there is any deviation or cut in the rim you may be able to replace that seat and you'll need a special tool to get it out. There is also a special tool for cutting down the top edge of that rim to restore seal between rim and stem seal - your local hardware store should have both of these tool in stock as well as replacement parts. It is better to replace that metal seal than to cut it down as it still may not seal up after cutting if the groove in it is deep. You did not state if you have city supplied water or well supplied water. City supplied water usually is filtered but not always and mineral deposits can cause corrosion of the seal and rubber washer. If any of your fasteners are corroded and the heads strip or break you will need to replace the fixture which may require cutting a hole in the wall to gain access unless you have access from the back. I wouldn't expect this problem as the fixture is relatively young. Adding a whole house filter to the water main coming into the house will add life to all of your fixtures and make your water much better - a viable option if you have expensive plumbing fixtures in your home!!
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    Two possibilities come to mind. 1. The shut off valve (in the wall under the fixture) is almost closed. 2. Trash in the valve assembly or a broken seal. Turn off the water at the shut off valve and remove the handle and stem from the fixture. Clean and replace anything broken. You could even open the shut off valve for a second to flush any junk out of the fixture. Reassemble, turn water back on, and test. This should solve your problem.

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    Yes shut of main water, then remove handle, then take off bonnet, that holds stem in valve. You will have to take stem with you to hardware store to match up. Put it back together in reverse, turn main water back on. Now you tell everyone your a plumber and get much respect.

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    If the seat came out with the stem, you will need to reinstall it.
    The valve's disc needs a seat to seal properly.
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