Removing stuck handle from faucet (mixer tap)


Old 06-30-16, 07:34 AM
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Removing stuck handle from faucet (mixer tap)

Hi all, I am trying to change the cartridge in a Mixer Tap in our apartment.

The trouble is that no matter how hard I try, I can't unscrew the handle that should come off easily and let me access the grub screw with an allen key. The handle is shiny, round and really slippery, so it is difficult to get a hold of, it won't budge at all.

Attached is a photo of the tap that is causing me issues, as well as a photo of a similar tap in the kitchen where I unscrewed the handle without any issues.

Things I have tried so far:

- turn clockwise / anti-clockwise to try and loosen
- tap with a mallet from the sides to loosen any lime scale
- rubber pulled tightly over the handle to try and get a grip with pliers
- soaked cotton wool in vinegar and then held them in place with an elastic band for 8 hours around where the handle connects to the rest of the tap - it got rid of the lime scale perfectly, but still the handle won't unscrew

I am all out of ideas, and would really appreciate some advice on how to get the handle off. Once it's off I should have no issue replacing the cartridge, just stuck at this step.


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Old 06-30-16, 09:00 AM
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Welcome to the forums from down under.

Since we are predominantly a North American based site.. that faucet won't quickly be recognized by most of the members here.

Have you tried a strap wrench ? There are many different types and strap materials. Some of the rubber strap models will probably not have enough strength. You may need to use a cloth or braided strap. Check with your plumbing supply or home improvement store.

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Old 06-30-16, 06:52 PM
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Hi PJmax, many thanks for the reply.

I haven't tried a ribbon wrench yet - I might head out today and see if I can pick up a reasonably cheap one at the hardware store and give it a go.


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