Faucet handle removal

ronvonOctober 27, 2012

I must sound like a complete idiot, but I cannot seem to get the handle off of my Delta series 1400 shower faucet. It is one of those long, curved handles, not the round kind. I have removed the set screw and put considerable force on it, but the handle will not budge. Obviously, I can't get to the parts I want to replace unless I can get the handle off. Is it just corrosion? I have used WD-40 to no avail. Any suggestions?

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A drop or two of penetrating oil might help. But at this point I might instead hold a piece of wood against the handle and give that a sharp whack with the shaft of a large screwdriver. That might break it loose.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2012 at 8:35PM
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I had the same problem last week. After struggling for a while I got out a pair of pry bars and slipped the short parts of the "L's" under the handle opposite one another. Then I pried slowly, but firmly, on both pry bars until the handle popped off. Obviously you may need to be careful about what you are prying against, but this worked for me with no damage. The handle was just a tight fit on the shaft it surrounded, and years of water, soap, and corrosion had "glued" the two parts together pretty well. After I finished my repair, the parts went back together easily without my having to clean up anything first.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 2:48AM
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