Shower washer replacement problem

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      edmon simpao

      I’ve replaced many tub/shower washers, o-rings and valve seats, but I just pulled the backing plate off some shower handles, and the escutcheons and stems are completely buried in plaster with some sort of silicone sealant. I’ve never seen anything like this. Am I supposed to chip away the plaster? I tried to turn the escutcheon thinking in might break loose, but I think I would have to destroy it to get it out.

    • #297227

      Yes, you have to carefully chip and cut away at the plaster and silicone sealant until you can pull the stems out.

      It’s just part of the job that all repair plumbers enconter.

    • #297228

      Ok. Looks like some delicate dremel work may be in order.

      Thanks for your help.

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