I have several Delta faucets all the same style and installed about 10 years ago. The faucet handles look like this: http://www.faucetdepot.com/faucetdepot/ProductDetail.asp?Product=8239&AffiliateID=GoogleDirectFeed&gclid=CMehp6unmL0CFeZAMgod-hYAdA
All have been developing leaking under the handle and I have been replacing the stems and seats and springs with Delta repair parts RP4993 and RP25513.The repairs have been working out fine. Now my matching bathtub faucet is also leaking under the handle. It is installed on the deck of the tub. I cannot find the handle on the Delta site to get the repair parts. When I took off the handle, the stem looked the same as the one in the faucets so I thought I would try that.
Now for my problem. The tub faucet does not have its own shut off valves so I shut down the water to the whole house. Then I could not get the stem out without a ton of pulling and prying and damaging the plastic parts and then when I did, it was coming apart and part (the black bottom part) was still stuck in the faucet. I was getting a little panicky because I needed to turn the water back on to cook dinner. So, I put it back together the best I could and turned the water back on. Other than some dripping out the spout everything is OK for now.
Questions: Do I have the right replacement parts for the bathtub handle (RP25513 and RP4993)? How can I get the entire stem out? Should I just call my plumber?