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Thread: Pressure Balance Valve is Stuck!!!

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    Default Pressure Balance Valve is Stuck!!!

    I have a one knob shower control. I think its an older Delta, bout 25 years. Anyway, I wasnt getting any cold water so I replaced the cartridge. I think the problem is the pressure balance valve. It is stuck. I tried everything from a flat head to vise grips. Tried using break lubricant and everything. What do you all suggest?


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    Consultant cwhyu2's Avatar
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    Aug 2007
    Cincinnati OH


    Did you get a new one? Cartrage.maybey replace it.
    Last edited by cwhyu2; 12-26-2007 at 04:40 PM.

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    Retired Defense Industry Engineer jadnashua's Avatar
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    New England


    I didn't think they were using pressure balanced valves 25-years ago...think you may have some crud buildup in the cold supply side.
    Jim DeBruycker
    Important note - I'm not a pro
    Retired Defense Industry Engineer; Schluter 2.5-day Workshop Completed 2013, 2014

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    Moderator & Master Plumber hj's Avatar
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    Cave Creek, Arizona

    Default spool

    Delta doesn't give you a lot to grab with that spool. When I encounter one like you indicate your is, I use a hammer and a small chisel and tap it in the unloosening direction. Once you move it even a small amount, then the screwriver or Crescent wrench will finish the job of removing it.


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