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    DIY Member bobbobwhite's Avatar
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    Default Altman's angle stop valves



    http://www.altmansproducts.com/

    I have Altman's high end, Ottley collection angle stop valves in my remodelled bath in both shower and sink. They are so hard to open and close! My wife chose round knobs and I can't open and close them with wet hands. I have to dry my hands to use them and it is still a chore. Very stiff and not at all like Moen, etc. I can't change them out as they were chosen by a "designer" my wife hired.

    Is there a way to loosen the friction of these angle stops, or will I have to replace the knobs with expensive levers to solve?

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    Last edited by Terry; 01-15-2008 at 09:52 AM.

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    Contact Altmans and order new hot and cold cartridges. If they won't sell them to you, ask them who they will sell them to.

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    Or just put a good-size C-clamp on those suckers and twist the clamp.

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    I'd take the cartridge out, put some silicon plumber's grease on things, put it back together and see if it helps. At best, it costs you a few bucks, at worst, you waste a hour figuring out how to take them apart.
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    Call 800-678-NINE for parts you have a lifetime guarantee!

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    Not to deflect the thread, but are these really "angle stop valves?" I thought that term referred to those shutoff valves we use for toilet and faucet supply lines.

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