Did I overheat the valve when soldering?

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Davebutch, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. Davebutch

    Davebutch New Member

    May 20, 2009
    Richmond, VA
    I installed a Moen shower valve a few weeks ago. I did all the soldering to the valve on a bench. I removed the cartridge before soldering but didn't remove other parts, like the balancing drums or stops. After roughing in the valve and turning on the water, the stop on the hot side dripped a bit. When I closed the stop, the drip stopped. The water has been on for weeks with the stop closed and I haven't tried it again lately. Could I have damaged an o-ring in the stop when soldering, or is it likely that it just needed to stay wet for a while and will be OK?
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    No way for us to tell. But ANY rubber or plastic parts left in the valve could have been damaged.
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  4. Skeeball

    Skeeball New Member

    Aug 29, 2009
    I hope you did your soldering with the valve open
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