Faucet Handle Difficult to Turn, now Stuck


Old 06-30-12, 07:56 PM
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Faucet Handle Difficult to Turn, now Stuck

Hello, amateur/newbie DIY'er here, appreciate any help!

RE: Our bathroom sink (separate hot and cold faucet handles).

The cold water handle became more and more difficult to turn over the course of a month or two and now, is basically stuck. You would have to crank on it with two hands to turn it, and water doesn't come out. Brushing teeth with hot water is the best, but I'd love to fix this without a plumber.

I bounced around youtube watching videos, but none seem to address my situation that I can find. I took the handle off and sprayed WD40 over what I suppose is called the "valve stem" (see attached picture). That didn't do anything, I suppose the problem is in the valve or stem itself, but I do not know what to do next. I tried to pull up on the valve stem with pliers, but not too hard, as I'm not sure if that is the right thing to do. I took the screw out of the valve stem (see picture - I am not sure what this screw does).

Any help on next steps would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 07-01-12, 06:21 PM
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The piece around the stem is probably threaded. Try to turn it with some pliers. Put a rag around it & make sure the valve under the sink is closed.
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