Kohler shower faucet stem removal

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by adbradley, Apr 13, 2005.

  1. adbradley

    adbradley New Member

    Apr 13, 2005
    I have an old Kohler 3 knob faucet in my shower. The house was built in 1968 and it's the original faucet. I am trying to remove the diverter stem and I have not had any luck. I was able to get the bonnet off, but the stem seems to be stuck. It looks like the stem has a flared end that is behind a brass washer. The stem is still stuck in the wall and I'm afraid if I try to pull it out, I'll damage the plumbing in the wall. Is there any way to get the stems out of these faucets?
    Also, is there a way to determine the model number of my faucet? I have looked everywhere for a model numebr and cannot find one. At least that way I'd be a little more informed when I go to the local plumbing supply house. Thanks for your help...
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    We do not know if you are unscrewing the bonnet at the proper place to remove it, or if you have just removed a packing nut. If you have unscrewed the correct thing and the stem is just stuck in the body, pulling it out will not damage the "in the wall" portion. All stems are made to be removed so obviously there is a way to remove yours. We just cannot tell you exactly how to do it without being there to show you.
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