Installation Instructions for Price Pfister Faucet Stems

Price Pfister, which is named for its founders--Emil Price and William Pfister--has manufactured faucets since 1910 and has a reputation for quality products. It currently is owned by Black and Decker. According to the company website, half of the company’s most innovative products have been introduced in the past 20 years. The stem faucet is one type of three basic Price Pfister product lines. Most types of stem replacement are relatively easy, if you have the proper parts.

Identify Correct Parts

A leaking faucet could require replacement of the faucet stem or one of its parts.
  1. Turn off water at the shut-off valve, which may be under sink or at an outdoor location.

  2. To relieve water pressure, turn on the faucet until very little water runs out.

  3. Use the small flat head screwdriver to gently pry up and remove the cap on the faucet handle. Use the Phillips screwdriver to remove the handle screw.

  4. Remove the handle by pulling straight up, or gently rocking and pulling upward.

  5. With the adjustable, long-handled pliers, unscrew the stem assembly from the faucet.

  6. Take this stem assembly to the hardware store to ensure you buy the correct replacement part.

Installation of Faucet Stem

  1. Coat threads on replacement stem with heatproof grease.

  2. Screw the stem assembly into the faucet by hand until tight. Once tight, use the adjustable, long-handled pliers to tighten approximately 1 1/2 turns more, but do not over tighten.

  3. Replace the handle so that it lines up with the faucets “on” position. Replace the proper screw and then the cap on the handle.

  4. Turn on the water to the sink and observe for leaks. If there are leaks, turn off the water at the shut-off and check installation.

  5. Once installation is successful, turn on water at other locations to allow pipes to regain pressure and after one minute, turn off all open faucets.

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