I am in need of help finding stems for this contraption...

Discussion in 'Shower & bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Funtogun, Jan 19, 2008.

  1. Funtogun

    Funtogun New Member

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    Hello,

    I have two stems that are not equal in length. They work, but the stems are bent which makes the knobs rotate in an egg shaped pattern. I have considered replacing all of this, however I would prefer to just replace the thread in assemblies and knobs. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Joseph Lewis
    Funtogun@Cox.Net

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  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    Would love to see the other side of this contraption, whatever it is! Does it have a flux capacitor?
  3. srdenny

    srdenny Plumbing Contractor

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    Chinese drain, I believe,
  4. cwhyu2

    cwhyu2 Consultant

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    Took me 2hrs to remove one from my mothers house.I also would like see the
    other side.BTW you will not find stems for it.
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  5. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    That is the finest rube goldberg I have seen.
  6. cwhyu2

    cwhyu2 Consultant

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    IT was normal in the 1930s.
  7. Funtogun

    Funtogun New Member

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    Thanks for the help I think :)

    Anybody have a guestimate for replacing with modern fixtures?

    Thanks in advance for your help,

    Joseph Lewis
  8. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Expensive... The tub spout is not allowed to to be under the flood rim of the tub as it is now. The indirect drain phew! Its time to remodel. On the other hand for a price New York Replacement Parts will custom machine a stem... Is it worth it?
  9. Funtogun

    Funtogun New Member

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    What would I need to do in order to have New York Replacement Parts machine the replacement stem? Can I not replace the entire assembly and thread it in, stem, housing and all? I have unscrewed the stem and housing from the "horseshoe" shaped brass/bronze thing in the picture. The seals appear to be in bad shape, and the "cup" that holds the seal is fractured. I just doped them up with some grease and torqued them back in to keep them from leaking. There is no shut off valve, so I have to kill the water to the entire house when working on it.

    Cost is not an issue, time is the issue. What would be the quickest way to get this fixed?

    Again, I appreciate your help,

    Joseph Lewis
  10. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Call a bathroom remodeler! Basically so much of that set up is tied together replacing the tub, drain and valve is what you are looking at minimum. As far as replacement stems being custom made I would contact NYRP monday am.
  11. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    Tell us how much time you have?
  12. I probably have those stems somewhere...

    We have cut out dozens of those old dogs over the years....
    they are on a 12 or 16 inch spread and
    have replaced them with a normal Delta tub faucet....


    Its a mean, mean project worth about about a grand
    to change the faucet and the tub drain too....

    I dont even know if a grand is enough money..


    I would not fool around too much with that , if you are wise....
    or you might have to shut the house down....



    it probably has Poreceline escuption plates on the tub wall
    and porceline cross handles too...

    which you will never find.except in a junk yard.
    or buried in some old plumbing supply house.......


    CALL THIS STORE ON MONDAY

    AMERICAN HARDWARE 317-637-0294.....

    ask for Larry

    that guy has stuff laying around since WW1


    send him a picture of the actual stem and he will most likely
    have the part laying in the back room somewhere....

    I know this because we used to
    give him the cross handles all the time...
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2008
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