I am in the process of replacing my shower stems, 12h/c pricepfister, due to
leaks. I bought the kit to replace everything and of course the instructions
are just a picture. My question is what do you do with the plastic ring and
do the parts of the stems need to be greased? They are extremely difficult
Process so far:
-removed old hardware
-replace the stems and seats, they leaked so I put teflon tape around the
stem base the middle moving part & that stopped it
-have plastic rings left over
-knobs are extremely difficult to turn
On 11/20/04 "Jennifer" jennifer firstname.lastname@example.org writes in part:
leaks. <SNIP> My question is what do you do with
First of all were the stems you removed Price Pfister? If not and you jammed PP
stems in the the manifold in the wall it may never work correctly.
Making some assumptions, here what I think is going on.
If the stems you removed were PP, AND had rubber compression washers on the end
AND if the stems you tried to replace them with were of the ceramic stem design
(look and the business end of the stem and see if there is a flat, ridged
rubber seal with 2 ceramic discs beyond that) then you MUST remove the existing
seats from the valve manifold before you install the ceramic style stems!!
If you didn't, that's probably what is making the stem hard to turn....you may
have even damaged the stems if you didn't remove the seats first. Additionally,
even removing the seats doesn't always result in the valves working properly.
The surface the new ceramic stem end contacts, must be designed and machined
for that type of stem.
The plastic rings you had left over, go on stem base where you put the teflon
An admonition: Just becasue both parts are made by the same company doesn't
mean they are interchangeable.
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