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Old 08-24-2016, 02:16 PM   #1
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Screw on my bath faucet is no longer usable :(


The groove on my screw is no longer good, so I can't continue using the screwdriver to remove it.
This faucet had become too tight. It's pretty old.

What should I do?

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Old 08-24-2016, 02:46 PM   #2
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Re: Screw on my bath faucet is no longer usable :(


Can usually buy a new screw.
How about describing what screw into what part of your faucet.
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Old 08-24-2016, 03:14 PM   #3
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Are we talking about a bathroom sink, shower, etc. Please post a couple pics. Thanks.

Sometimes an ez out works. Then replace with a new screw.

Another option, If its that old, you might want to consider replacing the faucet.
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Re: Screw on my bath faucet is no longer usable :(


Drill it and then use a screw extractor.

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Old 08-24-2016, 05:45 PM   #5
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Re: Screw on my bath faucet is no longer usable :(


I knew I had forgotten something! (the photo)
I would put the photo now, but I'm still not allowed

Yeah, sounds like I'd have to go with jeffmattero76īs advice.
I couldn't find a used screw extractor, so a new set would cost me about $70 CAN at Canadian Tire a local hardware store. I would have put a link to that extractor, except I'm not allowed to put links either yet
Just in case paying a plumber were more affordable I requested quotes from some local plumbers already.

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Old 08-24-2016, 06:10 PM   #6
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Drill the head off. Remove the knob. Run a nut down on the screw below the screw end surface. For small screws, cut a new screw slot centered and deep in the screw end with a hack saw blade that has the tooth set ground off. Back the nut up to at least flush or just above. Back the screw out.

If the screw is stuck tight do not screw around with a pair of vise grips. They will only tend to screw themselves off because of the threads and screw things up worse.
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Old 08-24-2016, 07:21 PM   #7
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Re: Screw on my bath faucet is no longer usable :(


Pick up the kit shown below from Sears. Item number 52154. About $12

Chuck small bit in drill, follow instructions and go slow. Run drill in reverse.
It will either remove screw or it will cut away the head of the screw.
If it cuts away the head of the screw you can then remove handle and use pliers to remove remainder of screw.
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Once you get the knob off and can't get the screw out, just replace the entire stem assembly.

They sell new stems at most BOX stores.



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Old 08-27-2016, 07:54 AM   #9
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I think new budget faucet would be better than sinking money on tools and replacement parts. Plumbing fixture screws, usually brass, may be too soft for extractors. Problem is rust or mineral and extractors don't work. If you end up breaking the handle, again, new fixture is better deal.
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I agree with Carpdad. Likely time for a new fixture.
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Re: Screw on my bath faucet is no longer usable :(


Thank you so much to everyone for chipping in
It was so helpful.

Now I can move on!

Btw, do I need to remove that screw to replace the fixture? I hope not

That's true! Now I can, here...


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Picture please, now that you are a multi-poster, you are allowed.

We do not know what fixture you have.


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Look under the counter and you will see what you'll need to loosen to remove the faucet handles and spout etc...
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Now ZOOM OUT some, so we can see the entire fixture.

That screw is still removable with the right experience and tools.


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