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  • #16
    Re: Shower valve disassembly before sweating?

    i would use silicone grease over normal stem grease.

    rick.
    phoebe it is

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    • #17
      Re: Shower valve disassembly before sweating?

      Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
      i would use silicone grease over normal stem grease.

      rick.
      If the valve is made in Europe use silicon grease. My Grohe rep told me a long time ago that heat proof grease does not agree with European rubber.

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      • #18
        Re: Shower valve disassembly before sweating?

        It's Kohler - not sure where it is made. I looked more closely at the transfer valve cartridge and discovered a couple of tiny daubs of grease. I guess they must have intended to put more and somehow missed it. The tiny daubs were not enough to coat the inside of the body while turning plus I suppose they really should have manually coated the assembly before install.

        Good thing I opened it up.

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        • #19
          Re: Shower valve disassembly before sweating?

          It should be buna or buna-n rubber, not sure what the big deal would be?
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          • #20
            Re: Shower valve disassembly before sweating?

            Out of curiosity I monitored the temperature of the valve case just after sweating some of the nearby fittings yesterday and Rick was actually correct - in most cases the body was just warm but not hot, so sweating 6" or more away should in general pose no problem although obviously disassembling is 100% safe.

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            • #21
              Re: Shower valve disassembly before sweating?

              I often times hold an 6-8" piece of copper bare handed while I solder it but that's not the point. The steam generated....anyways.
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              • #22
                Re: Shower valve disassembly before sweating?

                Both ways have merits....either way is good IMO although I'm happy took it apart as I found the grease lacking so I can now grease it properly.....

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                • #23
                  Re: Shower valve disassembly before sweating?

                  there are times too much grease will cause the handles to turn from a set position. just had a call on a grohe last week that the diverter handle would turn from 3 to 6 position. a new valve installation by others. of course the weight of a lever handle has some to do with it.

                  rick.
                  phoebe it is

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                  • #24
                    Re: Shower valve disassembly before sweating?

                    Sometimes an overly loose packing nut....not on a cartridge of course.
                    Last edited by Gettinit; 06-17-2012, 09:04 PM.
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                    • #25
                      Re: Shower valve disassembly before sweating?

                      Okay thanks - I will grease sparingly - will probably cleanup the existing grease and re-grease with the suggested Silicone grease.

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