I saved myself maybe $80 by replacing the stem seal and spring on a
Delta shower faucet. I'd have been really pleased with myself, but I
lost three stem springs in the process.
Not until the third one disappeard that I realized I wasn't dropping
them behind the tile -- no, they were too small and were going right
past the stem seat and into the pipe! I finally used the old spring
(sort of conical) from the previous install with the new seal .
So I fixed the drip, but with three springs in the supply line, do I now
have a bigger problem?
Thanks for your help,
Maybe not. Anything in the line will restrict the flow a bit, but
considering the shape and flow requirements, you may never notice any
difference. The sprigs will drop only to the first horizontal run and,
after a hundred years or so may corrode away completely.
Well, the spring is steel and if the pipes are copper, it might
corrode a lot sooner than that. Hopefully just the spring will
I'd attach a little neodymium magnet to a flexible something or other,
maybe a length of 14 gauge electric wire stripped out of some Romex,
and see if I could draw the springs out.
The valve seat is soldered into the line behind the tile. A small,
strong magnet at the end of a thread might work, except I might lose
*that* in the line too.
I guess for now I'll just live with it.
Thanks, Bob F
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