Re: Eljer lav faucet stem removal
Posted by Dave on July 07, 2004 at 10:06:58:
In response to Re: Eljer lav faucet stem removal
: : aaarrrrgh - who knew faucets could be such a challenge!

: : I have a problem trying to remove the stem from an Eljer faucet. I need to replace the stem (assuming I can find a replacement part) but cannot figure out how.
: : The handle cover does not come off in the normal way (flip the cap off and remove a screw and then pull off the cover). Instead there is an insert in the handle which seems to be clipped into position. So, I tried unscrewing the stem both clockwise and anticlockwise out of the handle but it doesn't seem to want to come out and I'm wary of applying to much pressure in case I break something.

: : The faucet's probably 20 years old. It's a 3 piece unit with two separate taps and a center spout, although under the sink it is a single unit.

: : Thanks for any help!

: : --Jamie

: Reply:
: This picture is of a common Eljer faucet stem. It simply unscrews from the valve stem housing, you may need to hold back to prevent the complete stem housing from turning while you attempt to remove it.
: e-plumber

Your faucet sounds kind of like the one I recently removed. I took a flat head screw driver and pressed it against the insert in the handle and pull to remove the covering. Careful though, the screw driver slipped and I almost poked myself. Anyhow, the problem I have now is that I can't seem to find the replacement part for it. I conducted a search for eljer faucet stems but did not seem to find any part that looked remotely similar. For the record, it's not the one shown in the picture above either. I also stopped by a local home depot but the guy there told me that it was a really old faucet and they didn't carry the part anymore. The entire piece that I removed consisted of the stem, a washer, a packing washer, and a lock nut. Any ideas on where to find it?

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