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Stem Terminology

The illustrations below describe the components that make up a faucet stem. We hope they will help you understand what to look for when replacing your own faucet stem, but should you have any questions, Tom will be happy to help you.


Stem Parts

A faucet stem is made up of a handle broach, stem, packing nut, o-ring, stem packing, gland, stem thread, cap thread gasket and washer retainer.


Stem Identification: What to Look for

Check for stem length, stem thickness, thread area, stem base and stem shoulder measurements to match.



Stem Threading

The difference between right and left hand stem threading


Handle Broaching

Handle broaching is unique among manufacturers and important in stem identification.


Diverter Stems

Examples of stem bottoms or diverters
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