Help Identifying Shower Valve / Stem / Cartridge

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  1. Nik Francis

    Nik Francis New Member

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    Hey forum!

    Need help identifying shower components. 1952 block home in Tampa Bay, FL.

    Sprung a leak, again. Washers have been replaced twice, so we think its time for a new stem or cartridge (probably need a water softener too). Not sure what the difference is between a valve, stem, and cartridge. Would love to know!

    A.) If I were to replace this part, what would it be called and what brand do I replace it with?

    B.) What tool/size would I need to remove it?

    Check out the photos.. Thanks Nik IMG_20171016_182144.jpg IMG_20171016_182246 (1).jpg IMG_20171016_182311 (1).jpg IMG_20171016_171812.jpg
     
  2. Reach4

    Reach4 Well-Known Member

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    From the stem?

    If the leaking is from the base of the stem, I think you would just need more packing.

    "Shower Valve Wrench Set".
     
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  4. Nik Francis

    Nik Francis New Member

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    Thanks, I'll look for that set.

    The leak is coming from inside the part, I marked on the photo red arrow.

    Not sure what "packing" is.
     

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  5. dj2

    dj2 In the Trades

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    You will need a stem wrench set and a seat wrench. The set will include a few wrenches and one should fit your stem.

    Turn the main off and remove a stem and a seat. Take them to a plumbing shop, not a big box warehouse, for identification and a matching kit. Get Original Parts and not after market parts.
     
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  6. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    If that is the only leak, then it IS the "packing" and all you have to do is tighten the hexagonal nut to squeeze it tighter.
     
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