What is this stem?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by jechow, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. jechow

    jechow New Member

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    Who makes this steam and is it still available for purchase?

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  2. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    Did you find it lying there like that¿ Surely the fixture had a manufacturer printed on it. Or the stem has some tell tale letters and numbers. I would eye it suspiciously if it just showed up like that and sat there unresponsive to questioning.
  3. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    I'll tell you right now without looking for a replacement that this did not come out of a quality of faucet worth repairing. I would venture a guess that you will not be able to find a replacement stem. My guess it it was found in a trailer. I would recommend upgrading to a better quality faucet.
  4. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    Phoenix mobile home faucet
  5. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    My thoughts exactly...

    Only Alfano doesn't list that one....

    So yea, it's a disposable faucet...
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2009
  6. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    Yep, buy them for 6 bucks a piece or 5 if you buy the case. And yes, I do use them on mobile homes for two reasons. # 1 they are cheap and # 2 they are the only thing I have found that will mount solidly on the 8 dollar plastic sink. No point in putting a Rolls Royce hood ornament on a Yugo.
  7. jechow

    jechow New Member

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    Do you know the name of the manufacture of this stem?

    I would like to replace my existing stem as it leaks.
  8. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    RV stores might carry them if the other guys don't have 'em.
  9. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    I get them from Compton products out of NY. But you can probably buy another faucet for the same money.
  10. Probedude

    Probedude New Member

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    Unscrew the stem from the nut - might just have an o-ring in there that you can replace and reuse the parts you have.

    Use plumbing grease as lube.
  11. jechow

    jechow New Member

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    I discovered that the manufacture of my stem was Moen. I contacted Moen and they said that the cartridge was from a Chateau faucet that is no longer available. I was wondering if anyone knew of a shop that would have discountined Moen cartridges?

    Thanks.
  12. cwhyu2

    cwhyu2 Consultant

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    Moen stem double handel.In 20 yrs of repair Moen faucets this the only stem that I have ever seen.
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  13. asktom

    asktom Member

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    It is Moen. The Larsen part number is S-164-3... if anyone cares about this ancient thread.
  14. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    quote; No point in putting a Rolls Royce hood ornament on a Yugo.

    How about putting a RR, or Cadillac, grill on a VW bug? Somewhat popular a few years ago.
  15. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    quote; The Larsen part number is S-164-3...

    I'll take your word for it, and will have to, because no matter how far back I go in the Moen parts books I find NONE which use a "splined" stem or handle.
  16. asktom

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    Back in the day, you could find Moen centersets in clampacks at K-Mart that used that stem. They were less pop-up, all plastic, and you could get them in many beautiful colors. At the time I wondered why Moen would put their reputation on the line with such junk. Probably cost some clever guy his job. All swept under the rug now, though. (They may also have been sold as Stanadyne.)
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