[SOLVED] Can't get this American Standard shower handle off, doesn't seem to be a set screw present

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  1. guido

    guido New Member

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    Made some photos:

    https://imgur.com/a/mbW1EiK

    It looks like there is a space where the set screw would be, but there's nothing on the inside
    I rotate the whole way it allows and looked in with a flash light, and also tried to "feel" it with a screw driver, but it never latches.

    I then noticed (see video) that the mantle just rotates.

    Doing some reading people mentioned it could just be pushed on. I gave it a good tug, but it's firmly remaining in place. I am a little afraid of putting too much force on it


    I am doing all this to see if I can fix this issue: there is no sunlight between hot and cold anymore, so I assume I need a new cartridge.

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  2. Terry

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  4. guido

    guido New Member

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    I can't find a slot though, I've seen 2/32 wrenches mentioned, but it seems all smooth on the bottom
     
  5. Hardt

    Hardt Member

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    Op, I currently have 2 faucets in use like that and I also have an old spare that I pulled out many years ago. I just looked at it and mine has a slotted set screw that would need about a 3/16" flat blade screwdriver to engage ...look like a #10 size screw. The handle has a rectangular hole and a plastic insert which fit snugly over the valve stem and the set screw fits in a slot in the stem. If you look into the hole with a flashlight for the set screw and don't see the screw (it sticks out from the handle about 1/4") than it may have already fallen out because it should be clearly visible. Like I said the handle fits snugly on the stem so even with the set screw loose I had to tug on the handle to pull it off. Hope this helps...good luck!
     
  6. guido

    guido New Member

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    Thank you @Terry and @Hardt !

    What i turned out needing to do was to turn on the faucet to find enough room to find the allen screw.

    To do that, I first needed to turn off the water (which I had other problems with, but figured out eventually)

    Found a replacement cartridge at local store and I'm all set!

    Love this forum!
     
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