Our bathtub faucet had a slow drip, and this replacement part fixed the problem. I can't tell a difference between the original Delta part and the Danco replacement either. Installation was pretty easy, and once I got started I only spent about 15 minutes total.
For those of you new to faucet repair, here's the process:
Identifying what part I needed was pretty easy after I removed the knob. To do this, just ease a screwdriver into the gap on the knob cap and gently pry upwards. Then unscrew the screw and pull the knob off. If you only go this far, you don't even have to turn the water off.
If you're lucky you might have a water shutoff installed at the tub. I wasn't so fortunate and had to turn the whole house off to replace the stem. If you don't want to turn the water off to the whole house while you're at the store, take a picture of the top of your valve stem and then go to the faucet repair aisle in Home Depot. Make sure to note the brand! Otherwise get a wrench, take the nut off, and take the stem to the store to match. The only part that looked remotely like mine was this one.
I bought two, just in case both stems were leaking. When I got back I shut the water off to the house and took the nuts off of the valves with an adjustable wrench. Then I pulled the old stems out and used precision pliers to grab the old gasket and spring from inside the fixture. Installation is just the reverse process. I had a little trouble getting the gasket to seat, and I ended up lining it up and then seating it by pressing the stem in on top of it. I took the stem back out and sure enough, it had seated properly. Then just put the stem back in and screw it down with the retaining nut. Screw the knob back on and push in the cap, then turn on the water to make sure the valve has a good seal.
Easy as pie! The only tools you'll need are a screwdriver, an adjustable wrench, and some precision pliers. Fifteen minutes later, no more leaky faucet.
Pros: Easy to Install, No Leaks
Cons: No Instructions
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Review 2 for 3S-10H/C Hot and Cold Stem for Delta Faucets
In general, I'm pretty pleased with this - it installed fairly easily, and cleared up the leak well. It's sort of tricky to install it so that the faucet turns forward instead of backward - the original Delta stem had a movable stop that you put on the appropriate side after installing it. With this one, you have to make sure it's rotated correctly first, and the proper rotation isn't obvious - you have to check the inside of the handle.
Pros: No Leaks
Cons: No Instructions
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Review 3 for 3S-10H/C Hot and Cold Stem for Delta Faucets
Works great... until you run hot water
PostedFebruary 4, 2015
Ease of installation
No, I do not recommend this product.
Your grandma probably had Delta faucet in her house (God rest her soul), this design has been around for years. Instead of Home Depot carrying "Delta" brand replacement parts, we get this "Danco" stuff instead. The problem is the plastic material Danco choose to use, it's thermally unstable. So, what do I mean by that? Lots of (not all) plastic materials physically change and grow when temperatures get warmer and shrink when they get colder. With these replacement parts, once you run hot water through the "hot" side of faucet for a while, that plastic grows and expands. When you 're ready shut it off, it still turns, but it now turns with increased resistance due to lack of internal clearance. Once everything cools back down, it turns normally again. Do yourself favor (and your grandma, if she's still alive) and replace those Delta stems with "Delta" brand stems, not "Danco" brand stems.
By the way..., if your grandma is still kicking, pick up the phone and give her call.