I have one that I used on the hot water side for the tub and I had to
add some thin brass washers to compensate for the metal removed from the
valve seat. It will all depend on the design of your faucet as to what
steps you must take if any to compensate. I have replaced valve seats
that were pitted in faucets but they were the type that allowed the use
of a large hex wrench to remove them. ^_^
Does it have a screwdriver slot in it? If so, trying to tighten it
first may help. Warming it with a propane torch flame may help. Others
know better than I. On some things I've had great results with an
impact driver, but I'd be unwilling to use that on a water pipe.
You can do that but if you have a washer replacement kit, look for a
longer screw in it and if necessary, you can shorten it by using the
screw shear built into most wire stripper/crimp tools which will cut off
part of the screw without damaging the threads. All those gray metal
compartmentalized parts drawers you see at the hardware store come n
very handy when you want to repair your stuff rather than replace it. ^_^
Would you get a better seal if you used a beveled washer instead of
a flat washer?
Before you do anything to that seat, contact these people to see if
they have replacement seats"
'Kissler | Plumbing Repair Parts' (http://www.kissler.com /)
Kissler & Company is a plumbing supply store that specializes in older
and obsolete plumbing parts. They even have their own machine shop
where they make parts out of brass that there's still a demand for, but
no one else makes. If you know what make and style of faucet you have,
there's a good chance Kissler & Co. sells the seats for it. Maybe take
a picture of the faucet handles so that they might be better able to
Now, Kissler & Company has a $500 minimum order, but their accounts
department should be able to tell you which stores they ship to in your
area on a regular basis, and you could simply order the seats through
that store so they come in with the next shipment.
I thought I should mention Kissler to you so that if you haven't tried
them, you could check to see if they sell the seats for this faucet.
Also, if you can download their faucet parts catalogue and identify the
kind of cartridges your faucet uses, that would also help them determine
what kind of seats are in your faucet.
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