Old tub three handle faucet leaks

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  1. jstump

    jstump New Member

    Apr 24, 2016
    I have an old tub faucet that leaks out of the faucet. The stems were replaced about 6 years ago and I replaced the o - rings today. Water still trickles - not drips - out of the faucet. Could someone give a bit of advice to a disabled woman whose husband has very recently had hernia surgery and cannot help do the work. Working with a very tight budget right now. Could I double up the o - rings to do a temporary fix? Picture of faucet and tap setup included
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  2. Reach4

    Reach4 Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2013
    You need to replace the seats if they are old. I am suspecting that the things you replaced are "washers" [​IMG] rather than O-rings [​IMG] , but I could be wrong.

    To do that, you would remove the stems as you did to access the washers, and use a "seat wrench" to unscrew the seats. You would take the old seat to a plumbing place and buy new ones to match.
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  4. jstump

    jstump New Member

    Apr 24, 2016
    Thank you.
  5. Smooky

    Smooky In the Trades

    Apr 4, 2011
    North Carolina
    I agree with Reach4 about the seats but if you did not open the the valve before screwing it into the valve body that could be the reason too. It is an easy mistake to make. When you put the new stems in the valve did you open the stem? If you do not do that when you install them, you may not be able to fully close the handle. Sometimes that will cause the faucet to leak a little as you described.....It is an easy fix. Shut the house water off. Loosen the stems from the valve body, open up the valve and then tighten the stem into the valve body. Close the stem and turn the water back on. ....... If it still leaks after that, then you probably do need new seats as Reach4 said.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2016
  6. standardairconditioner

    standardairconditioner HVAC'ker

    Nov 27, 2015
    Montreal, Canada
    What are you talking about?

    Can you provide a pic of what you think are "o - rings"? And can you take a photo what you "replaced"?

    Right now your description is vague and unclear, and most likely inaccurate and incorrect. So I will make this assumption: these fixtures use bibb washers, and they must be the exact expected size in i.d, o.d, and thickness, so they can sit snug in the stem correctly and seal shut a bibb seat.

    So aside from the bibb washers, bibb seats can also be damaged from corrosion, which is why they can all be removed and replaced too. You will need a bibb seat removal tool, or a bibb seat resurface tool. A new bibb washer can never seal shut over a damaged bibb seat.
    If you want more help, please provide the pics as specified above, or ask someone that can help you with the pics if you are unable to do so.
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