Plumbing in the Home/faucet - bathtub


I didn't use my guest bath tub/shower faucet enough, so when my brother came to live here and use the guest shower, the water only came out cold. The local home supplies store told me to remove the "mixer" or the thing that blends the hot and cold water for the faucet. I tried but it was frozen in place and I ended up breaking it off. Now I don't have anything (the cartridge thingy) to pull on, and the thing won't twist or pull out anyway.  Now what?

Dear Mary,

   I'm sorry for the difficulty that you're having.  It may still be possible to get the cartidge removed and to save the rest of the valve.  My best suggestion is for you to call a plumber to do this.  If the valve can be saved, that will be the most cost effective way to solve the problem.  If it can't be saved, then you probably would need a plumber anyway.

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Thomas Ambler


I am experienced at troubleshooting and solving all types of plumbing problems. Issues related to specific manufacturers fixtures and specifications though are beyond my field of expertise. I have dealt with problems in both rural and urban areas, and with water supply and drainage systems. Plumbing issues can be very obscure... such as odors, stains or occasional seepage. I have even had to chase rats from a customer's sewer line.


I have 25 years experience dealing with plumbing systems (which also includes hot water and steam heating systems). My main expertise is in diagnosing and solving problems. I have worked in construction and installation of new systems but do not regard myself as an expert in that area.

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I completed high school and one year of college. I served 4 years in the Marine Corps and have education in electronic and electrical troubleshooting and repair. I have attended classes on installing and repair of oil burners, and I have EPA universal certification for air conditioning and refrigeration. I am now enrolled as a full-time student at Everest college to re-train for a new career. Any donations of financial support would be greatly appreciated.

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All of Denny's Restaurants in NJ, Several Burger King stores, I have done work at two different homes for Bruce Springsteen. I have also worked for Jim Johnson (of J&J) and his family, Whitney Houston, Steve Forbes and many others.

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