Trying to remove shower knob, but no screw head - arg!

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  1. jdbs3

    jdbs3 New Member

    Jan 24, 2008
    Plaistow, New Hampshire
    Seemed simple enough - take off face plate, remove screw, remove knob, ... BUT the screw head had disintegrated leaving nothing to grip to remove the screw.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for how to now remove the threads? All that remains is a "flatish" surface with no depth where the threads start. See pictures.

    Calling a plumber for this makes no sense.

    Any timely help is appreciated. We are having an open house for selling in 2 days.

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  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington
    You can saw the know off and get further back on the screw. Then pick up a new ball for that and handle.
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    Drill the head off, remove the handle, and then the screw using pliers. But,logically, once you get the handle off just discard the cartridge and replace it.
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