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How do I remove this faucet valve stem. The white part doesn't have enough hight to unscrew. The metal part right under it doesn't unscrew when using a socket wrench. How do I remove this valve stem?

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enter image description here I put WD-40 on the base the night before and again before trying to unscrew. It doesn't work. Socket only strips the metal. How do I remove this valve stem? Size is 15/16 inches. enter image description here

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  • I believe the chrome piece with the hex nut shape on top can be unscrewed, otherwise why would it have the hex nut built into it. Use a wrench on the chrome hex on top of the fitting and slowly try and loosen. Use WD40 to help loosen the thread. May 29, 2020 at 23:05
  • @Programmer66 A wrentch doesn't unscrew it. The wrench just pops up. They would have gave more height if it was suppose to be screwable. May 29, 2020 at 23:16
  • You already took the handle off. That's the valve stem.
    – Mazura
    May 30, 2020 at 4:30

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You're going to need a socket similar to this one (but in the size you need):

Stem Socket

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  • That didn't work at all. It just strips. How do I get it off? See image. I used WD-40 first. May 31, 2020 at 18:41
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    It may be seized so badly that it cannot be disassembled. You may have to replace the entire faucet.
    – jwh20
    May 31, 2020 at 21:23
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You're going to need a thin wall socket to fit over the white portion of the valve to remove it. You might be able to grab it with a pair of pliers straight down and twist counterclockwise. Measure the white nut flat side to flat side and check at your home store for a socket in the plumbing section, unless you have your own sockets.

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  • I don't think there's enough space even with a very think socket. I uploaded another image. May 29, 2020 at 22:51
  • They do make them that thin.... in the plumbing section of your home store or a plumbing supply store.
    – JACK
    May 29, 2020 at 23:30
  • That didn't work at all. It just strips. How do I get it off? See image. I used WD-40 first. May 31, 2020 at 18:40
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Apply WD40 to base of chrome before trying to loosen, the calcium deposit probably corroded the threads. Apply Wd40 a couple of times and allow for penetration. It has to be a wrench or better yet, a socket that fits the nut. Pliers will not work. Push down on the socket as you try and loosen the chrome piece.

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  • Do you know what socket I can buy from lowes. It's 28/32. I uploaded another image. Preferably from Lowes. May 29, 2020 at 23:50
  • I think it's 22mm or 23mm socket. I see them now. I'll get both and bring my socket to see if it fits. May 29, 2020 at 23:56
  • From the picture on your wrench, it looks like 5/8", I do not believe it would be a metric. May 30, 2020 at 1:23
  • That didn't work at all. It just strips. How do I get it off? See image. I used WD-40 first. It was 15/16 May 31, 2020 at 18:41

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