Bath tub hot water dripping

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  1. Wyodad75

    Wyodad75 New Member

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    My hot water in the bath tub will not turn off. It is constantly dripping (will fill up a small cup in about a minute). I took the screw out and tried to take the hot water handle off to put a new washer, but the handle will not come off. It gets to a certain point and gets stuck. I have been told I need to “break the gasket,†is this true? Also, when the water to the house is off the hot water still drips, at a slower rate.

    Please help!!! Thank you :confused:
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Once you turn the water to the house off, you need to fully open a valve or two to relieve the pressure. Once you do that, things should stop dripping. Now, if this faucet is on the first floor and you have a second, then all of the water in the pipes upstairs is pushing down and needs to be drained as well.

    If you can post a picture or supply a brand and model, then the people here can help you more. Depending on the faucet, you may or may not need to pull the handle.
  3. Wyodad75

    Wyodad75 New Member

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    The bathtub is on the top floor. There is no brand name on the faucet, but I'll try and get a picture for all...a little description....it is a three handle faucet...hot, cold, and shower on/off.
  4. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    A simple handle puller is available for about $10 at any hardware store. You can try spraying some white vinegar into the hole where the screw is , to try to loosen things up.


    While you are shopping for tools, you will probably need a set of shower stem sockets and a seat wrench. These are also inexpensive, and available at the local hardware store.


    Once we see a picture, we can probably tell you what parts you will need. If the brass is OK, you can just replace a flat washer, on most models, but will likely also need seats.
  5. Wyodad75

    Wyodad75 New Member

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    Last edited: Feb 17, 2008
  6. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    Looks like may be Sterling. If you remove a stem ( you can remove the center diverter without removing the water) you could look at this catalog: there are about 10 pages of Sterling beginning at page 94>>http://www.alfanoplumbingparts.com/pdf/StemCatalog_M-Z.pdf

    In any event, the handle will come off as described, and the washer and seat will be available..
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