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Old 12-21-2013, 09:48 PM   #1
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Can't get this leaky faucet handle off. Unknown brand.


This sink is from 1995. Unknown brand. Silver and gold in color bathroom faucet.

It has a screw on top, but I don't see a way to loosen up the handle.

I can't ID the brand to figure out how to get it off.

I've got 8 of these faucets around the house leaking. Can anyone help?

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Old 12-21-2013, 10:04 PM   #2
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Sure would be nice to see a picture.
Most likely you need one of these.
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...electedIndex=5

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Old 12-21-2013, 10:35 PM   #3
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I tried to post the photo, but it didn't work. I'll see if it works this time.

I found the brand- Delta.

It says Patent number: "US PAT 4700928"
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Sure would be nice to see a picture.
Most likely you need one of these.
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...electedIndex=5
A faucet handle puller?

I didn't know there was such a thing. Wow. I'll have to try that. Thanks.

I've got 6 dripping sink knobs just like these.
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Looks like some kind of delta, or an old Masco, which usually means the screw is on top.

Are you sure there isn't an allen screw in the side of the handle somewhere?
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Looks like some kind of delta, or an old Masco, which usually means the screw is on top.

Are you sure there isn't an allen screw in the side of the handle somewhere?
Nothing visible... I tried for a good hour and a half to find one. Tried another identical faucet in the house and couldn't find one there either. Should I just keep jabbing an allen wrench in there until I feel something screwy?

It is a Delta- I thankfully found the brand on the sink stopper and the patent number underneath.
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Nothing visible... I tried for a good hour and a half to find one. Tried another identical faucet in the house and couldn't find one there either. Should I just keep jabbing an allen wrench in there until I feel something screwy?

It is a Delta- I thankfully found the brand on the sink stopper and the patent number underneath.
To clarify, there was a screw in the top, correct?


If it's a delta the handle should come off easily. The cartridge is plastic so there should be no corrosion between it and the handle.. Turn off the water and tug on it while wiggling it back and forth. If you break it you can always fish the broken part out of the handle, and pull the other end from the faucet. I have never broken one by doing this, but if you do, the cartridge needs replacing anyway.
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To clarify, there was a screw in the top, correct?


If it's a delta the handle should come off easily. The cartridge is plastic so there should be no corrosion between it and the handle.. Turn off the water and tug on it while wiggling it back and forth. If you break it you can always fish the broken part out of the handle, and pull the other end from the faucet. I have never broken one by doing this, but if you do, the cartridge needs replacing anyway.
It's a screw on top, yes.

I tried tugging it off and even shimmying a screwdriver under it. I couldn't get that handle off. I wouldn't budge.

Are they hard to wiggle off?
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Get a handle puller. Most of the Delta stems are plastic, but there are some out there that have a brass shank (in fact, that is what I use when I replace them). Sometimes they are a pain to take off, but the handle puller makes quick work out of it. The handle puller will put equal pressure around the handle which in turn will pull it off. Using a screwdriver to try to pry it off is most likely going to scratch up the chrome.
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The cartridge will be replaced so turn the water supply off and place 2 screwdrivers under the handle resting the tips on the back of the lavatory on a piece of lumber. While holding a little upward pressure drop a pin punch in the hole and tap it with a hammer. If you don't have a pin punch make one from a nail as large as possible cut to length with the end squared flat.
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If you contact Delta directly in most cases they will send you the parts to fix it for free.
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Wiggle it... They are sometimes hard to pull because of soap build up. Put some meat on it.

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