Re: Cannot remove tub faucet or handles
Posted by LonnythePlumber on July 05, 2004 at 11:08:06:
In response to Re: Cannot remove tub faucet or handles
: break down and call a plumber before you create n impossible situation. You might also explain what you mean by "replace them" since that may not be possible.

: : We have a 55-year old tub faucet (spigot) & handles we are trying to remove to replace them, and having no luck. Faucet will not budge after trying the hammer-end-in-the-opening-as-leverage technique to twist it off. There are no screws or other means of attachment visible. With the handles, the screws are cemented in there by rust & various accumulated build-up and are almost stripped. Will a handle puller work if the screws are still in there? Am so frustrated feel like attacking it with the hammer, but am trying not to ruin the tile! This is holding up the rest of our project. Please help! Thanks.

No the handle puller will not work if the screws are still holding the handle on. But thanks for the laugh.
You could hacksaw the handles off if you're careful not to cut into the stem. If you can screw the escutcheons out enough to get on the stem body you may be able to turn the stems out with handles still on, BUT
TURN OFF THE WATER FIRST. And you probably won't be able to get it back on to the house until you get a plumber. LonnythePlumber

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