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Old 12-12-2011, 11:39 PM   #16
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can you get a screwdriver between the handle and excusion to pry against it from side to side to see if that helps?

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Old 12-12-2011, 11:41 PM   #17
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im going to try with a flat head screw driver...I'll prob try finding out where the water valve is and turn it off first. Need to find the shutoff valve as it's not visible!
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if all else fails can you get a hacksaw in the gap between handle and cut the end off the stem without banging up the faucet?
im sure thats not what you want to hear but then you should be able to unscrew the excusion and pull the cartidge out.
then you could replace the cartrige and install a new handle.
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probably could get the hacksaw in there...but what will I be cutting just the cartridge? and how do I tighten the stupid thing once it's off? I guess buy a new handle? I'll check my Home Depot and see what they have

thx a lot will let you know how it goes. wish me luck my landlord should pay me fore saving him the hastle...I knew this would turn into a bigger problem
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:00 AM   #20
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look for your water meter,theres normally a shut off on each side of it.
you might want to let your landlord know before attacking his plumbing with a hack saw though!
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:27 AM   #21
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What a timely thread for me. Parents down in FL have a dripping 20 year old Delta tub faucet and I promised to look at it when I get down there in a couple weeks. I expect to have most of the problems reported here.... faucet is in a fiberglass tub/shower surround, no local water shutoff valves (have to shut off the whole house), maybe a way to get at the back of the faucet by removing drywall in an adjacent bedroom, guaranteed to be corroded since this house was nailed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and lost all its shingles and got mostly wet and destroyed inside... but I think this tub and faucet survived. Of course won't have my tools with me. In other words this otherwise simple repair has the potential to turn into a holiday nightmare.

Thanks for all the tips... keep 'em coming.
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:41 AM   #22
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ok got this far....nothing broken..I think it was just the calcium buildup on the alan screw and my lack and scare of breaking it. I used a better alan key and it worked after a couple of cranks.

now what this looks foreign is the white thing my cartridge? if so how do I get it off

Again thanks...I'm glad I didn't use the hacksaw cuz I would have gone through the copper!
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WOW! I only turned off the hot water when i removed the case to get to cartridge i was met with a nice cold powerful shower! got it off finally cartridge in hand on my way to depot!
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I had the same problem my show head, I couldn't remove it after trying different methods (pulling, WD-40 etc). But I got it off by applying touch heat at the top of handle where the spindle is located at. Try applying heat 30 sec at a time, if you overheat it will melt the plastic part (bushing) next to the spindle. Now I'm trying to get the bonnet nut off the valve body; I found that strap ranch is way to go.
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ok. So I am reading this and just bought a $30 cartage. My set screw is totally stripped. After reading about all the other problems with this, has anyone tried just taking a sawzall to the whole fixture and putting a new one on? My local big box sells what I think is almost the same for about $45
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bc320: Try a screw extractor to remove the set screw. Make sure you use the right size for the stripped hole. Cheaper and easier than replacement unless you hate the fixture.
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We had an old junker that we ripped out and replaced for a guy, and couldn't get the handle off.

I tried drilling out the setscrew, and it DID NOT WORK. The setscrew was so much harder than the handle, the drill bit just kept walking off the setscrew and cutting into the handle. I was shocked.


If you're going to try to cut it, you'll need to be very careful that you don't snap a stem off of it or something when you're cutting. If you damage the cartridge it will need to be replaced, and without a stem, you might put yourself in a position to where the entire valve needs to be replaced.

I do agree with the screw extractor, however, if you haven't tried that yet.

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