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    teacherjenn4 Posts: 4,005, Reputation: 468
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    May 21, 2009, 08:45 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Milo Dolezal View Post
    Is that shower faucet 1/2 turn ?
    Each side--hot and cold can turn a full turn. We have to turn the hot almost 3/4 turn, but barely have to move the cold for it to come on , if that makes a difference. I took a picture of it, but am not sure how to post it.
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    Milo Dolezal Posts: 7,192, Reputation: 523
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    May 21, 2009, 08:52 PM

    That may be the problem. The stems should turn only 1/2 way. It means they are not installed properly or the "stop" point is broken off.

    Stems should have small protrusion that line up with notch in body.

    Stems have plastic parts. If you apply too much pressure on them during closing - they will pass the closing point and continue to spin around.

    Question: is this newer faucet of old model ? Lever handles of round handles ?

    See if that is the problem... Come back and let us know what you've found out... Thanks... Milo
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    teacherjenn4 Posts: 4,005, Reputation: 468
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    May 21, 2009, 09:01 PM

    I've had the stems replaced and repaired before, but that is what the plumber is coming out to do. The actual handles are levers of solid brass. Price Pfister. He said if that doesn't work then I have to have the valve in the wall replaced at a cost of almost $1,000. So, I was hoping it would be the shower head or the stems. Thanks for all of your help!
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    Milo Dolezal Posts: 7,192, Reputation: 523
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    May 22, 2009, 11:40 AM

    I am sorry he is charging you $1K for the valve swap. Maybe you could get couple more estimates and see what other plumbers have to say.

    We charge $180.00 for same-to-same valve swap + the cost of the valve. It takes about 45minutes to do. In your case, cost of the two-handle PP shower valve and trim is under $100.00.

    Take photo of your existing valve, go to Home Depot and by exactly the same valve and give it to the attending plumber to install it. You may save few hundred dollars right there.
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    May 22, 2009, 01:20 PM

    I agree with Milo follow his instructions and you will really save some bucks, Thanks.


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