Diagnosing a constant dripping from my shower, I eventually replaced the hot water faucet stem. I have not yet finalized it with sealant or plumber's putty, so to dry the area of any resulting moisture, I've been screwing on and off the compression sleeve and handle every time I want to use the shower.
But, I have been noticing that after I use the shower and subsequently remove the handle and sleeve, the faucet stem has a collection of water on it that I wouldn't expect if I had installed everything correctly.
- A result of the lack of sealant? I wouldn't have expected that much water to collect over the duration of a relatively short use of the shower.
- An issue with the packing nut? I thought that particular nut only controlled the friction of the turning of the handle.
- An issue with the gasket or seat? These would cause leaks like I had before, out of the shower head, right?
- What else would cause this?
Feel free to suggest corrections to my terminology in the comments.