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A cool little trick I’ve used before to repair a faucet seat temporarily or not so temporarily
…….until the can get the correct seat installed.

File the broke area out and get to good brass at the margins. Similar to what a dentist does to a decayed tooth.

Then heat it up with your torch and fill the area with solder letting it be bigger than it needs to be.

Then take various files or a dremel and filing away the excess.

Got the idea from how a dentist does a tooth.

For small imperfections you can just sand or file the seat smooth but above is for really those emergency situations or temp repair.
People have asked why “ why go through all this trouble, just replace it “

Well when you’re on a home where everything is 1950 original and it’s cosmetically perfect condition the customer typically like to keep it to provide an original look to the home.

Also, I can make twice as much repairing a faucet then jumping to the next “ hit and run “ service call.

I might hit 3 service calls all within an hour if they’re easy…..and I love easy.
 

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People have asked why “ why go through all this trouble, just replace it “

Well when you’re on a home where everything is 1950 original and it’s cosmetically perfect condition the customer typically like to keep it to provide an original look to the home.

Also, I can make twice as much repairing a faucet then jumping to the next “ hit and run “ service call.

I might hit 3 service calls all within an hour if they’re easy…..and I love easy.
Have you not seen my threads about rebuilding old faucets/toilets? I have ALL the tools and then some.

I have a toilet flush valve resurfacing tool, I actually have two of them!
 

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Have you not seen my threads about rebuilding old faucets/toilets? I have ALL the tools and then some.

I have a toilet flush valve resurfacing tool, I actually have two of them!
Yeah, I know the tools are available and I also have a pile of them but it’s not all available in one kit, one stop shop.

I would love to build a kit that had all the quality tools to work on faucets.

Ever work on a cast iron wall hung toilet tank ?
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Yeah, I know the tools are available and I also have a pile of them but it’s not all available in one kit, one stop shop.
Well, it is. I have a couple Sexauer kits. Mark's Plumbing Parts in Texas still sells them.


 

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Well, it is. I have a couple Sexauer kits. Mark's Plumbing Parts in Texas still sells them.


I searched at Marks Plumbing and google and can’t find the kits being sold.

Can you post a link to it ?
 

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I have the Sexauer kit that allows you to tap a faucet that doesn’t have a removable seat and install a removable seat. Or retap a faucet to a different thread seat.

As Miley Cyrus would say : Pretty Cool
 

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I have the Sexauer kit that allows you to tap a faucet that doesn’t have a removable seat and install a removable seat. Or retap a faucet to a different thread seat.

As Miley Cyrus would say : Pretty Cool
That kit was sold under several brands, I have several of them. Almost all of them appear to be made by the same company, perhaps the Chicago Specialty MFG. Co. They use 27tpi taps and special, low profile seats.

The kit you really want uses 24tpi taps, it's pretty rare. This will allow you to also use some of the most common removable seats. Of course this isn't an option for many faucets because it requires the stem to have a longer length of travel. I bought my self 24tpi taps in 3/8" up to 11/16". I use this method to add removable seats to antique hose spigots. Most spigots were never offered with removable seats. Mark's had Monel seats on clearance a while back for 0.45$ to 1$ so I stocked up. Unfortunately they were out of the OLD style Speakmans I wanted for a two handle shower valve.
 

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It ain't cheap but it's a newer version of the Sexauer. It has a selection of parts for older faucets that have survived and you are more likely to encounter. Of course you'll still want to customize the contents.

I don’t see a tool list that comes with that kit.

Looks like a box of seats and stuff and room to put your own tools maybe. Shows a few tools in the pic but I think that’s just for show.

We use to use P&M’s kit and Creed. Bowalters father developed P&M’s repair system. He did a good job 👍
 

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This bit holder and the bits are a awesome.

The little hex slides down to release the door and it pops open, spring loaded.

Then the bits slide out super easy. Easy on the fingers.

For $12 delivered it’s a winner. Doesn’t come with a flat head bit though.
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I don’t see a tool list that comes with that kit.

Looks like a box of seats and stuff and room to put your own tools maybe. Shows a few tools in the pic but I think that’s just for show.

We use to use P&M’s kit and Creed. Bowalters father developed P&M’s repair system. He did a good job 👍
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I liked the P&M truck kit better, the top lifted up and folded back, had a place for tools in the top, the front panel folded down so you had a place to lay the tray you pulled out. Held about 6 pull out organizer boxes. All metal.
It didn’t have to slide side ways to open across the surface it is sitting on.
 

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This bit holder and the bits are a awesome.

The little hex slides down to release the door and it pops open, spring loaded.

Then the bits slide out super easy. Easy on the fingers.

For $12 delivered it’s a winner. Doesn’t come with a flat head bit though.
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I got the same kit for the same price at Lowe’s a few months ago. Quality tips but they seem to come out of bit holders a lot easier than I would like. Seems like every other self tapper I put in it stays in the screw head.
 
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