Hot water stem will not come out

Discussion in 'Shower & bathtub Forum & Blog' started by mark6505, Apr 18, 2014.

  1. mark6505

    mark6505 New Member

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    Hi my bathtub faucet has been leaking so I went to replace the stem for the hot water valve and the stem will not come out. It seems "stuck" in a way. I have tried using a shower valve socket set but when ever it locks in place, I go to turn it and it slips off. I hope you guys can help me!!:D
  2. SHR

    SHR Member

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    Picture please.
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    quote; my bathtub faucet has been leaking

    That statement covers about a thousand different makes and models, and every one is different.
  4. mark6505

    mark6505 New Member

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    It is an old model
  5. Smooky

    Smooky Member

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    I would remove the packing nut first. Then I would use a deep socket and hold it with vise grips to unscrew the stem.
  6. SHR

    SHR Member

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    With the big hole you could probably use a basin wrench to get a lot of torque on it. You may have to remove some of the wood stud next to the stem in order to fully seat any wrench.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2014
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