Separate hot and cold water valves

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by bpap, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. bpap

    bpap New Member

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    Just a quick update and thanks to those that helped. Got the valve seat out with a #6 Easy Out as was recommended. The valve seat was about 50% corroded or broken apart. Now I need to see if I can find a replacement. The only identifying mark is on the escutcheon which indicate "Empire".
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Just so you know, most plumbers would have slammed in a new single handle and been done with it.

    But I guess you're getting close to having a working bath fixture.
  3. bpap

    bpap New Member

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    Yes. And I should clarify that I found a second plumber that actually got the seat out. I bought the #6 Easy Out and told him it had been suggested as a way to get it out. I am sure he was already was aware of that method. Anyway, he used that and my socket wrench extension to make it reach and had to put a lot of force into it to get the seat out (I had been very hesitant to put that much force on it as I was afraid I would just make things even worse than I had already made them).

    He had also suggested the single handle route but indicated a lot of people don't like to do that, and I am certainly one of them. The first plumber I had come out also suggested the single handle method and did not want to do anything other than that.

    Hopefully a replacement seat can be found. If so, I will have saved quite a few dollars, learned quite a bit, and have the separate hot and cold handles that I prefer. Apparently I may be one of the few people that prefers this though.

    Slowly making progress. Thanks again.
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