Stuck set screw on a Peerless One Handle Faucet

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by obrien234, Nov 25, 2007.

  1. obrien234

    obrien234 New Member

    Jul 2, 2007

    I've got a stuck set screw on a Peerless one handled faucet that is leaking. I know it is the internal parts because it leaks from the spout, not from the base. I can't change out the internals for new ones until I can get that set screw undone. I've tried WD40 and another bolt loosener, but it still won't budge.

    Any suggestions?
  2. construct30

    construct30 New Member

    Jun 16, 2007
    NorthWest PA
    If worse comes to worse cut the handle off put in a new stem and buy a new handle. Just don't cut too low. If it is that bad though I would justn change the faucet. Be sure to tun off the water first in case some thing breaks. You can drill the screw with a nice sharp drill bit, if you have the room. You still need a new handle.
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2007
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    Heat the handle slowly. When the temperature is just right the screw will loosen up. If it is the old Peerless it will have a diamond shaped stem, rather than the conventional/modern round one. In which case the handle is probably bonded to the stem and will not come off even when the screw is removed.
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