Seating tool end too big for valve seat. Need quick fix idea

Old 08-03-17, 02:05 PM
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Seating tool end too big for valve seat. Need quick fix idea

I bought the Brasscraft seating wrench set, one with tapered hex ends and the other with tapered square ends. The smallest end of the square tool just barely goes into the square hole. I was able to remove old faucet seat with great care not to strip. But now having trouble putting in new seat. The seat just barely hangs on the end of the tool and falls off on any contract. Shopped all big box and local hardware stores and nobody has a seating tool with smaller square end. I need to get those seats and valves back in so can turn on main water to house.

Any ideas of something tacky I could put on end of tool to help seat to stay on end of tool so I can screw it in? But can be easily removed once seated. Considered chewing gum but probably too thick for end of tool to go into hole in seat. Don't want anything that will gunk up threads.

Need some quick ideas.
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Old 08-03-17, 03:33 PM
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Dental floss. Use two pieces..... one over each opposing side.

You need something that won't fall off inside the valve.
String may work too. A small piece of plastic like from a plastic bag.

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Anything long enough that will fill the gap and that you can pull back out of the valve.
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You could take a grinder to it and make it a little smaller.

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