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Old 07-26-2009, 10:16 PM   #1
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I am having trouble removing my tub faucet. There is no screw underneath the faucet, therefore I am assuming it is a twist off model. I've only tried twisting the faucet by hand, as I am afraid I could damage the plumbing behind my wall. My house was built in 1967, so this could be a very old model faucet. Any ideas as to how I can safely remove this faucet?
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Nearly all of them twist off counterclockwise. With 40 year old plumbing you never know what'll happen. If it needs to come off you don't have much choice but to start twisting and hope for the best. Most of the time they come off without too much fuss. Worst case, you break a pipe that was in bad shape and needed replacing anyway.
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Try inserting a flat head screwdriver into the faucet opening for a bit of torque?
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I've tried the screw driver method, but no luck. That thing is really stuck on there. Being that there is no set screw, the thing has to be a twist off type, right?
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I doubt there was any other type 40 years ago. Big channel locks or a big pipe wrench are the ticket. You aren't going to get it by hand.
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I got home with my brand new pipe wrench and attempted to twist the faucet off, and the pipe came with it! It was threaded into the faucet, but it broke off right at the wall. Looks like I'll be calling a plumber instead of doing a DIY project.
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I got home with my brand new pipe wrench and attempted to twist the faucet off, and the pipe came with it! It was threaded into the faucet, but it broke off right at the wall. Looks like I'll be calling a plumber instead of doing a DIY project.
Sorry to hear that. Rest assured that the same thing would've happened to a plumber if they'd been the one to try to unscrew it. Old plumbing sometimes doesn't play fair.
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