I have a couple of these that provide water to some old
soapstone set tubs.
I have been told that I need two items to do the job
correctly: Some graphite-saturated rope packing and
graphite "crown" washers which must have hole diameters
to match the faucet stems. I noticed that these washers
seem to come in different shapes.
I'd appreciate a few comments on how best to go about
this. I intend to try to fill most of the cavity around the stem
with the rope packing by winding it around the stem. Then
at the end, I would place the graphite washer at the top
before squeezing down with the nut at the top of the faucet.
Any additional tips? How important is the shape of the
Thanks for your help.
I don't believe the washer shape is all that important as long as it
fits inside the nut.
If the ID of the nut is pretty close to the stem diameter you can
probably get away without the washer if you use teflon packing like this:
I've done it that way many times and never had a stem leak.
Thank you Jeff. I think I will try the
graphite washer first. As for the packing, is
Teflon better than graphite? Maybe I was doing
something wrong in the past, but I never found
it "squishy" enough.
On Mon, 09 Apr 2007 17:03:30 -0400, Jeff Wisnia
The stuff I've used probably wasn't "pure" teflon, it WAS sort of
squishy. I've also used a similar soft plastic single strand stuff about
1/8" diameter which was black and IIRC had some graphite mixed in it.
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