Can you help me identify shower handle valves before I smash my walls open?

Discussion in 'Shower & bathtub Forum & Blog' started by blaqsmith, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. blaqsmith

    blaqsmith New Member

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    Austin, TX
    My showerhead has been dripping in our shower stall, so I looked online and it seemed like a pretty simple DIY job for the a two handle shower with separate hot and cold. Only I pull off my shower handles to find this (pic below)... which doesn't quite look like the regular straight stem valves I see everywhere online.

    I went ahead removed the trim and tried to unscrew it thinking it might just come out no problem, but the tile is tiled right up to the metal cylinder, and while it seems to unscrews and I can move it forward and backwards maybe half and inch after that, it must flare out behind the tile as it won't come out of the wall.

    So before I crack open the tile to get this thing out, anyone have any idea what I'm looking at, and if it can be replaced/repaired without screwing with the tile?

    Thanks!

    insideHandle.jpg
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    I am quite certain that is a Delta 2600 series ( or Peerless similar). The escutcheon unscrews, and the sleeve just screws out. Long threads...keep turning!
  3. blaqsmith

    blaqsmith New Member

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    The escutcheon just pops off (no threads), and the metal sleeve does unscrew. Once unscrewed to the point where if can slide forward, I can move it forward about 1/2" before some part of it behind the wall hits the tile and it can no longer slide forward, so I'm assuming it flares out behind the wall in some way.
  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    If you can slide off the escutcheon, you should be able to tap out a bit of the tile that is tight around the sleeve.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    IT should come out, but, the Delta stem itself will be inside the wall, and it is very easy to drop it down into the wall when you pull it out, OR put it back in.
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