beveled vs flat washer

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by bbillcee, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. bbillcee

    bbillcee Member

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    is there as easy way tell if the washer that needs to replaced was a beveled or flat?


    the washer is missing
     
  2. Dunbar Plumbing

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    All faucets are designed to use flat washers. Bevel washers are used mainly for faucet seats that are damaged or wore beyond stem travel, therefore the thicker washer makes up the difference.

    The bevel attempts to seal the water flow from the interior opening of the seat, rather than the flat raised edges of the seat.
     
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  4. bbillcee

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    thanx for the info
     
  5. Verdeboy

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    Are you saying that some seats just cannot be removed by any means and that using a beveled washer could save you from having to replace the entire shower manifold?
     
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    Dunbar Plumbing Master Plumber

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    Yes. But if that seat has a rough edge or chip in the surface....those bevel washers will deteriorate the same as a flat washer.

    I keep bevel washers on the truck but only use them in extreme measures or I cannot remove the seat, or grinded the seat as a last resort.
     
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