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Old 09-22-11, 11:35 AM
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shower handle removal

I have a shower with wall mounted handles for hot, cold, and the shower diverter. The handles slide onto the stem of the valve and are held in place with a screw. I need to replace one of the valves, but after removing the screw I cannot get the handle to come off the stem. Does anyone have suggestions on how to remove the handle without destroying it? If I can get it off, should I put a drop of oil on the stem before reinstalling it to prevent this from happening again? Thanks.
 
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If you are sure that it slides on & off, tap it with a hammer as if you were trying to put it on. Put a piece of wood against it, so the hammer doesn't damage it. Then pull it towards you.
 
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Old 09-22-11, 03:32 PM
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Get a handle puller.



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Old 09-22-11, 03:44 PM
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Uhhhh... I don't think I would recommend the hammer... not yet anyway!

Maybe a few drops of a good penetrant like PB Blaster and let it sit for a few hours.
 
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I said tap it with a hammer, not hit it with a sledge!
 
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Yeah I know... but I still don't like the idea... hammers have their job, and handle pullers have theirs.
 
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Yeah, I have broke many handles off with the end of the stem still in the handle...LOL

I usually was too lazy to go all the way to the truck to get the handle puller.

The old channel locks behind the handle working as a lever was my favorite way breaking the handles off.... Oh, I mean "loose"... not off... "loose"....I was breaking them loose I tell ya's...

Dont think I ever took my hammer out.

The old saying " Every tool in its place, a place for every tool". ( Lean manufacturing, 5 S, Sigma six )

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Thanks. I didn't even know there was such a thing as a handle puller.
 
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