Bath faucet handle screw frozen


Old 12-29-01, 10:30 PM
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Bath faucet handle screw frozen

On my Gerber bathtub faucet, the screw holding the handle on the stem is frozen. It is a Phillips head screw. I have almost destroyed the slot trying to remove it. I've tried banging on the end of the screwdriver to knock it loose. I've tried squirting PB Blaster penetrant on it. Am I going to have to drill out the screw and/or use an easy-out? This screw isn't left-hand threaded is it?
Old 12-29-01, 10:45 PM
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Nope. It is a regular Phillips head screw that unscrews counter-clockwise, UNLESS it is corroded in place.
If you try to drill it out, you may damage the threads in the stem, and then you'll have to replace the whole valve.
When all else fails, I usually just crush the plastic handle with channel-locks, unscrew the screw with pliers, and replace the handles. Much less expensive than replacing the valve, and far less aggravating.
Good luck!

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