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Old 11-13-2018, 06:55 AM   #1
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Unhappy Bathroom Faucet Fix or Replace?

I have a leak coming from the cold water stem in my rear bathroom. Is there a tool that will remove the stem or should I do something else? You KNOW that once any of this is played with there's no going back. None of it has ever been touched. I am worried about the plastic of the sink, the faucet itself - which I'd love to replace, etc.


I searched the forums and can't find anything specific. Not touching it till I get some advice - thank you.


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Old 11-17-2018, 06:17 AM   #2
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If its like every other older faucet, you should be able to replace washers and stem packing. you may have to hunt around a few different hardware stores to find the right ones. If you not comfortable doing it then find a plumber or someone who is.
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A pic of the faucet with the handle removed would help.
You may have better luck finding parts at a heating and plumbing store. Rather than a hardware store.
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Old 11-18-2018, 07:49 AM   #4
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If its like every other older faucet, you should be able to replace washers and stem packing. you may have to hunt around a few different hardware stores to find the right ones. If you not comfortable doing it then find a plumber or someone who is.
The big question is what tool gets the stem out?
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Old 11-18-2018, 08:12 AM   #5
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Elisa,
Before you get any meaningful advice, you must identify the faucet. Brand, single lever or two knob, etc? Otherwise, advice is generic, just a guess. There are too many variables.

A photo will tell all.

For some single lever faucets, it could be all you need is an allen wrench, an adjustable wrench, and a screwdriver.
There are special puller tools for cartridges in some single lever faucets of some brands, but not needed for others.
If it is a two knob faucet, simple hand tools may be all that is needed to change a washer.

If your Argy still has the original copper, changing the faucet might require sweating new joints (torch and solder).

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If the faucet is the original, my choice would be a new replacement faucet.
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Old 11-18-2018, 08:46 AM   #6
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There are some photos of the original faucets in 1970's Argosy trailers (no motor homes) here>
http://vintageairstream.com/photo-ar...y-20-minuet-2/
^^ is it like this ^^

or

is it like this?>


or this

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Here it is.
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Old and leaky
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First. Cover the drain hole.
Start by prying the center piece out of each faucet handle. The part with the letter H and C.
Make sure the faucet is open at least half way.
Remove the screw which holds the handle to the faucet stem. Look inside the hole where you removed the center piece you will find the screw.
Pull the handle staight up off of the fluted stem.
There will be a hex nut holding the cartridge in place. Unscrew said nut.
KEEP TRACK OF WHICH IS HOT AND WHICH IS COLD. BECAUSE IN MOST CASES THEY TURN IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS TO OPEN.
As mentioned above. You may have better luck finding replacements at a plumbing store as opposed to a hardware store.
I believe both hot and cold hex nut cartridges are right hand thread to remove the cartridge. But can't recall at this moment.
MAKE SURE WITH THE NEW CARTRIDGE THAT THE VALVE IS OPEN BEFORE SCREWING IT INTO THE VALVE BODY. OTHERWISE YOU MAY DAMAGE THE NEW CARTRIDGE WHEN TIGHTENING THE HEX NUT.
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No Hex Nuts

Going to go take another photo. There are no hex nuts...
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Best option for this faucet is to replace, Given that, it is something of a bear. You will probably need a special faucet wrench. You will be laying down on your back, in limited space, to unscrew the water lines, drain and nuts that hold the faucet to the counter.
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No Hex in these Faucets

As you can see, no hex.
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How about putting a wrench on those two flat spots? It will unthread
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Yes! Use a wrench on the flat spots. That is why they are there.
Don't forget to open the faucets first.
The sink faucet will give you the experience you need to tackle the shower faucet when the time comes.
While the sink faucet is relatively easy to replace. The shower faucet is a whole different story when it comes to replacing the entire faucet assembly.
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