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Hi there.
My bathroom faucet is requiring a lot of force to turn both hot and cold taps off. The assembly is from 1979, ELjer faucet, with hot knob on left, cold on right and faucet in center. After prying the top cap off the hot and cold, I loosened the screw holding the clear plastic knob on. They came off very easily. Under the knobs however is a hex peice that I cannot figure out how to remove. Please help.
1) There is no hole for an allen key
2) The metal peice is all one peice (upper hex cannot be removed from lower half).
3) I tried prying it off the twisting base but no luck.

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Hi and welcome.

It LOOKS like the next step is to lift that section off, straight up. Try to gently lift it using a flathead screwdriver and 'whatever' on the side as a fulcrum. It should lift right off. I THINK!...... I could be wrong, so be careful, or wait for another response if you're uncomfortable doing this.

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it worked...revealing new problem.

Dangermouse...thanks a lot. I tried prying it and it worked. Thanks a lot. it took a lot of wiggling and force but eventually it just gave way.

However, now I have come accross a new problem. I now have the step tip revealed but the plate on each faucet handle comes up so high that only about a milimeter of the hex thread is visible. When I try to unscrew it with my open ended wrench and channel-locks, I cannot get enough grip on the nut around the stem to loosen it. All I am doing in shredding the brass corners.

Any tips. I tried to remove the plate but it is caulked to the ceramic sink.
 

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Dangermouse

I will head over to Home Depot and see if i can get a cheap set of deep well sockets that size. I have the ratchet but my kit doesn't go that high.

If that doesn't work I will try to pry up the round plate.

Stay posted for my update.
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If it were me, I'd use a sharp chisel and pry the rings up, use the tools I already have and remove them, then reset the rings with clear silicone.
..................But of course, there's always the joy of buying a new tool to consider.... save time and money? buy new tool? the possibilities seem endless!
AAAUGH! I hate decisions.... I'm glad this one is yours! Po)

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