On my bathtub the faucet stem screw that holds the handle on, is
stripped. This cartridge stem does not appear to be easily available,
in fact no one has been able to determine the manufacturer of the
faucet and it is not labelled. The cartridge turns off the water just
fine, but the handle keeps falling off. The hole in the handle is not
big enough for a larger screw. I suppose I could drill it out, but
I'd rather find another method to fix this, and besides I am afraid
that a larger diameter screw might split the shaft. I dont want to
glue the screw in there or I'd never be able to get the cartridge out
if it needed work. I already tried to put a paper matchstick on the
hole but that only lasted a short time. Then I tried aluminum foil
but that only lasted a short time too. I am not willing to rip the
bathroom wall apart to replace the entire faucet, not mentioning the
expense. Is there an easy way to fix this so the handle will stay on?
Note: I said the cartridge and shaft are plastic, but they are a soft
plastic, probably what I think is called nylon.
1st, ask at your local hardware if they have faucet repair stems. If
they do, take yours out and let them patch it. If that doesn't work,
while at the hardware pick up a tube of "J.B. Weld" Clean and dry the
stripped out hole, mix the J.B. Weld and put in the hole and assemble
the parts, just snug the screw. Let set 24 hours or more before using.
J.B.Weld needs to be in everyone's tool kit.
I use JB Weld all the time for things, but like I said in my original
message, I DO NOT want to glue it. I'd have to smash the handle to
ever repair the faucet again. If there was some sort of sleeve I could
glue in there, that would be different, but this is about a 1/4
(common size) shaft. There isnt much plastic to work with.
As far as the hardware store patching it, I never heard of such a
thing. If I could identify the faucet they could order a new one for
me, but I cant ID the darn thing.
I have 2 different hardware stores whin 5 miles of my home that have
trays and trays of parts for repairing things in the house, including
all kinds of faucets and valves. When I need repair parts, I just take
the bad part with me to the hardware store and hand it to the clerk.
They sell enough of these parts that most of the time they only have
to go to 1 or 2 trays to get the replacement part without the
manufacturer's name. My house was built in 1962 and they still have
repair parts for every faucet and valve in the house.
I bet you live in a large city.
I live in the country. Our hardware stores are places that sell nails,
screws, and have one of each common hand tool in stock. I suppose I
will have to drive to a large city to get what I need. Too bad they
dont have an online plumbing store that has a picture of each part.
Better yet, if companies that make faucets and things like it, could
put the name and model on the thing. I guess they must be ashamed of
their products. I tend to buy generic food and generic toilet paper,
but when I buy a faucet or other home hardware that will need repair
at some point, i want a name brand. Unfortunately this faucet was in
the house when I bought it.
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