What do people do when they can't get a faucet stem back in the pipe, and they have no time to rip out the wall and replace the whole valve assembly?
Are there plugs? With long handles so I can take it out to work on the faucet, and not have the plug fall into the wall?
I needed to change the washer in the shower/tub faucet, and when I removed the cold water stem, first most of the head was missing from the washer screw. The washer was worn of course and when I took it out, the stem of the washer screw broke off**. There is other damage too.
I went to HD and Lowes: nothing. I went to a plumbing supply store whose webpage says they are open on Saturday, but though I walked right in, they woudlnt' sell me anything. After I asked they referred me to another.
He asked what brand? Where can you find the brand of either the sink faucet or shower faucet. I said the toilet was made by Elger. He said for Elger I had to go to another store.
I asked, should I use a flat washer or beveled with this stem. He said, How old is it? I said 1979. He said, then you can't go that store. You have to go to this one, which has old stuff. (Isn't it the old houses that need new stems, not the new ones? Is this a racket to sell more faucets?)
He was nice for the third time and let me use his phone. The recording said they were closed on Sat. Sun, and Monday. So I've been without water since Thursday night. Do you think anyone could airlift some water in?
**I drilled out the hole with a small left-handed drill. Wow, brass is soft, but the ez-out wouldn't take it out.
Now I'm torn: My next bigger left-handed drill is too big, but I'm sure I have a right-handed drill that isn't.
OTOH, I tried a bit with the next biggest left-handed and now a washer screw seems to stick in the hole, even if it doesn't go in far.