Faucet Handles will not come off

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by tjones, May 18, 2005.

  1. tjones

    tjones New Member

    May 18, 2005
    I am replacing the vinyl shower walls in our second bathroom and I can not seem to get the fixture handles, hot or cold, to even budge. There are screws on each end of the knobs. I have removed these 2 screws, thinking they were just set screws, and the handles will not budge. There are 2 sleeves beneath each handle that appear to screw on and off, I am assuming this is just to create a flush mount with the wall.

    Is there something I am missing here. I can not find any type of allen screws that are holding these into place? The shower is pretty old so are they just rusted/corroded so bad that they wont budge? Is there any secret to removing these? Any help would be greatly appreciated. If needed I can take some pictures of it and post them.

    I am attaching some pictures of the knobs.

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    Last edited: May 18, 2005
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    I see you have removed the screw. At this point they are just stuck, not unusual for an old unit. You can spray some white vinegar into the hole to try to loosen up the calcium. You can try to rock the handles gently, but try not to damage the handle or stem. Ultimately, you may need to purchase an inexpensive handle puller for leverage.
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  4. tjones

    tjones New Member

    May 18, 2005
    Well the vinegar did not work. So I will have to get a puller, will this be available at any home improvement store?

    Thanks for your help.
  5. melissam

    melissam New Member

    Jun 1, 2005
    Did you get those handles off? If so, what did the trick? I'm faced with the same problem. I'm trying the vinegar solution tonight.
    Thanks :confused:
  6. thegoldenhand

    thegoldenhand New Member

    May 23, 2005
    I'd try using WD40 if the vinegar thing doesnt work. Also you can try to pinch the hole where you had the screw using a small flat head screw driver and try to loosen the handle from the stem. I forgot to add that I always had this problem when removing a mixet shower's handles.
  7. RioHyde

    RioHyde Plumber

    Sep 24, 2004
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    You need a handle puller...available at any plumbing supply house and some of the home improvement centers.
  8. k01b01

    k01b01 New Member

    Aug 14, 2005
    Hey, It works. Thanks guys

    Today, I have the same problem with Kohler bath tub faucet knob which will not come off. I thought there is something I do not know about plumbing. I can not figure out why until I see the messages here. I used WD40 spray (get from auto or plumbing department) wait for one minute, use screw driver in the screw hole to shake it a little and it comes off like magic. All rusted inside. Now replaced the washer with a new one and the leak stops immediately.

    NOW I LEARNED THE FAUCET KNOB "SHOULD" COME OFF EASILY AFTER YOU UNSCREW THE ONLY SCREW ON TOP OF THE KNOB !! THERE IS NO TRICK OR MAGIC. (I knew it should be this way but just not 100% sure, now I am 100% sure). It is so obvious and so easy for professional dealing with it every day but it is quite a puzzle for first timer like me.

    That is why I joined this forum because I want to let others with the same problem know how to resolve it.
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2005
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