This is not an exact answer to your question , but I have done similar repairs
- although non plumbing - in the past with JB Weld. I cleaned the female
threads well and then worked just enough JB into the threads. I put a light
coating of oil on the male threads, screwed them together and then let it set.
Unscrewing the first time can be a little difficult, but Iâ??ve always been
able to and have been able to reuse the threads.
While Iâ??ve never done a plumbing repair this way, I canâ??t see why it
wouldnâ??t work. My inclination would be to put a thin wrap of Teflon tape on
the male portion and then just leave it alone and hope for the best if I ever
had to remove it. Worst case, you are back to your original plan.
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> On Sep 20, 2018, at 9:55 AM, Scott Hall <email@example.com> wrote:
> Background: all the sink and shower faucets in the house are an
> unidentifiable manufacturer. The house was sitting long enough that they're
> all "sticky"--don't want to operate. They pull "up and down" or "in and out"
> to control water flow, then rotate to control temperature, not the "ball"
> type that pivot up to control flow, then swivel. I've never seen the kind I
> have before.
> They're all sticky (don't want to turn on/off), but the worst is the bathroom
> shower I'm using. I've pulled out the control knob several times. It is
> fastened to the control valve with a stainless screw into what looks like the
> phenolic valve. I suspect that I'm destroying the screw threads in the valve
> each time this happens.
> My initial plan was to cut into the wall behind the valve and just replace
> the entire assembly. Advantage: I know how to do that. Disadvantage: yet
> another distraction.
> However, maybe I can use a threaded insert to hold this handle into the valve
> for now. Googling "plastic helicoil" doesn't help much and I don't think I
> know the right vocabulary. Anyone have a suggestion for keeping this handle
> stuck to its valve and functioning as a shower for six months or so until its
> associated bathroom gets gutted anyway?
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