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...............there seems to be less repair and more of replacing the valve. What tools would help the repair plumber? ............
Depends on what you consider as the "valve". For a two handle ceramic, yeah, you're just going to replace the cartridge/ceramic stem. I've seen replacement ceramic disks with bottom washer and I think that's ridiculous because the ultra low lead brass they use nowadays corrodes so easily they aren't worth rebuilding.

There are plenty of specialty tools made for specific circumstances. The only tool I would currently like to see made is one that used to be made, the sexauer slide hammer handle removal tool. I added an 1/8" drill rod to the tip of one to aid in pulling handles off by simply screwing the center in.

As for how you could really help us service plumbers, get involved with "Tapmedic".
Help make their stuff more available here in the states. All modern two handle ceramic faucets and many ceramic diverters use pretty much the same cartridges just with different spline counts and bonnet threads.


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I love the old metal boxes. And yeah, you'll need a cap thread gasket one day and you'll be saying "Thanks Tommy plumber!"...…..:biggrin:
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Thanks @Tommy plumber !!!


I've used my cap thread gasket kit quite a lot in the past year, looks almost identical to yours. Used a couple yesterday on a CB faucet. Had a house a couple months ago, close to a dozen two handle Chicago faucets, replaced the rubber washers in all of them, rebuilt the stems in half of them, of course most of them had the cork cap gasket stick and tear. Very glad I had that cap thread gasket kit because only half of the CF stem rebuild kits I ordered were the correct ones, many didn't include the cork gaskets.

I say it all the time, 99% of our issues are communication. This is the main reason i stock so much on my van, because if I had normal levels I would be screwed when I order restock and they send me the wrong schit.
 

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Some smartazz(You know who you are! :p ) made the remark yesterday that this faucet reseating tool was something "you use every decade or two".

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Used it twice this week so far. Yesterday was an old Crane clawfoot tub faucet, likely pre-war. Took a lot of turning to clean up the cold side. I use that tool ~once a month. This particular tool is from the 30's. I have several of them, this being the only one in rough brass, it's my favorite.


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Some smartazz(You know who you are! :p ) made the remark yesterday that this faucet reseating tool was something "you use every decade or two".

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Used it twice this week so far. Yesterday was an old Crane clawfoot tub faucet, likely pre-war. Took a lot of turning to clean up the cold side. I use that tool ~once a month. This particular tool is from the 30's. I have several of them, this being the only one in rough brass, it's my favorite.


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Wow, think about it- what's the cost of that tool back then, probably not cheap. Because why? Discuss.
Love it.
 

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I love this thread.

Here’s the best tool in this pic.
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That's of course a stripped out seat remover. They occasionally work although I find they tend to just screw themselves in, expand the seat, and make it extremely difficult to remove. I usually use a square or spiral extractor.
 

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That's of course a stripped out seat remover. They occasionally work although I find they tend to just screw themselves in, expand the seat, and make it extremely difficult to remove. I usually use a square or spiral extractor.
99% of the stripped seats I remove come out with the reverse thread seat extractor.

Others may have different luck.
 

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Wonder where I can get something like this these days. I know M-One made some kits up for a company I used to work for.
Just keep an eye on the ebay, they occasionally come up. If that exact style metal box is what your heart is set on I can probably help you out.

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