Cannot remove bathtub handles

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by quickstep, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. quickstep

    quickstep DIY Junior Member

    Nov 9, 2006
    Savoy, IL
    I have a leaking bathtub faucet and cannot remove the bathtub handles on older Eljer faucets. I have tried just about everything including a puller with no luck. Any ideas? Once I get the handles off what then?

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  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    I have had a few faucets where I had to break the stems to remove the handles, and if the is the solution make sure you have replacement stems before you start. I have also had very few that did not remove with a puller so I would have to see what kind of puller you are using. Try screwing a "hollow head cap screw" into the stem and press the puller's pin against that. It is hardened so it will not bend and will give a better surface to press against. "What then"? You take the faucet apart and repair it.
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