What Tool To Use to Remove A Round Part

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  1. Feb 27, 2018 #1

    JIMMIEM

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    I had to remove the cold water washer retainer on a Symmons Temptrol tub/shower spindle. Its diameter is about 1 inch. Is there a special wrench that will grip but not crush and distort the retainer. In the past I've used a curved vise grip that can be set to put enough pressure on the part to hold it but not crush and distort it. Is there a better tool out there?
     
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    are you talki g about the stainless ring around the big washer
    just grab it with pliers (gently) and use the shower valve
    handle for your leverage maybe put a rug against the ring
    I have remove a lot of those are you gonna change the seats
    they require a special wrench sometimes the cold seat rounds
    out so you will need an easy out still very easy in my experience
    Symmons is the best/easiest shower valve to work on
    how do you heat your hot water?????? There are diffrent stems
    for tankless /or regular water heater

    the tool for the seats is called a (raven tool) you take the cold
    seat out first

    I usually put some heat grease on those threads on that stainless ring
    if you haven't I stalled it yet...
     
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    Yes the big, cold water washer. I tried vise grips....not cranked down so as not to distort the ring....just enough pressure to grip the washer. I also tried Channel Locks. I used the shower valve handle for leverage....I thought it would break. But apparently my hand strength ain't what it used to be. I eventually got it unscrewed, but it was not easy. I've played with removing the hot and cold seats and have been afraid of rounding them out. I probably need more practice and experience in order to know how much pressure is too much.

    I had to repair a clothes washer and watched a video. The guy doing the repair used what looked to be some kind of pliers to grip the hot and cold water fittings to unscrew them. I couldn't tell what the tool was but curved vise grips do the trick.
     
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    I've had the issue of distorting the rig too. Still looking for the right tool.
     
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    sometimes the cold seat wrench jumps out of the seat.....if you cant get it out use an easy out or a 3/4 or 7/8 chisel...but be careful..if you haven't done it with the chisels before you can stretch the threads...use the easy outs.....
     
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    my mistake i was just talking about the cold seat.....the only way i get te ring off is by using the handle on the stem and like you said gently spin off the ring with pliers i think a rubber strap wrench would be to big.....
    ive never tried this...but if you think about it a basin wrench is rounded...
     

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