"Tub" style faucet handle won't come off

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Old 01-07-06, 06:05 PM
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"Tub" style faucet handle won't come off

It's a little odd, but I have run into a few odd things in this house (I just moved in)
The clothes washer doesn't have a bib like I'd expect
It has two (Tub/shower-looking) faucet knobs
The feed hoses come through the drywall at a lower point, so I'm not sure how they are attached to the knobs

The cold leaks when opened, from somewhere hidden by the plastic knob
I pulled off the plastic cover to access the screw in the center of the knob
No problems with either
But now the knob won't come off
Wiggling, twisting, banging, channel locks, and aprying with a wonderbar
Nada
There's no set screw that I can see...it's not that kind of faucet
Oh the plastic cap says "Sayco"

I thought I'd better check in and ask for some advice before I snap something and have to replace the whole fixture-I can't tell how it's attached to the pipe, that's all behind drywall

I don't know if this is important, but when getting frustrated at not getting this knob off, it did occur to me, more than once, that the previous owners did love glue
So far it's been mostly on the walls for coat racks, towel racks, big letters in the baby's room, etc...
But still....after going through a few days of that I now started to wonder about these knobs (I tried the non-leaking hot also)

Anyway...
Any tips, tricks, suggestions, or solutions would be appreciated
Thank you
 
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Old 01-08-06, 05:45 AM
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Faucet handles have a habit of being "welded" on with calcium deposits. I have had some luck with saturating a rag with vinegar and wrapping it around the handle as far back as possible to let the vinegar get to the spline on the stem. You may have to get a handle puller. Good luck.
 
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Old 01-08-06, 05:56 AM
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Originally Posted by majakdragon
Faucet handles have a habit of being "welded" on with calcium deposits. I have had some luck with saturating a rag with vinegar and wrapping it around the handle as far back as possible to let the vinegar get to the spline on the stem. You may have to get a handle puller. Good luck.
Thanks MD
There is/are a lot of white stuff all around them, and is visable in the hole left by the screw removal
I'll try soaking it

I have some gear pullers, but I am not sure where they're packed away (gotta love moving)
It might be over-kill though, maybe I'll look for a handle-puller at the hardware store

Thank You
 
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Old 01-17-06, 04:07 AM
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I soaked it with vinegar as much as I could, but that didn't cut the mustard
I purchased a quality (made in the U.S.A.!) handle puller for 10 bucks
That did the trick-worked great!

The faucets must be pretty old, as I was unable to get replacement "innards"
...and needed to use an old 11/16 spark plug socket...and EZ-Outs to remove and dis-assemble it
I was, however, able to replace some of the washers and pack the stem
It no longer leaks

At least now I can use the washing machine w/o flooding the utility room
And having taken it apart, I also now know how the fixture is attached to the pipe, so I'll know what to replace it with

Thanks MD!
 
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