How To Remove Tub/Shower Faucet Handle


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Old 02-23-22, 08:02 AM
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How To Remove Tub/Shower Faucet Handle

I recently picked up this tool so as to remove the faucet handle on my tub due to the faucet leaking.
Because of the shape of the handle, this tool is useless because there is not way for it to properly grip the handle.
The faucet handle is stuck and I donít want to pull too hard because I can see and feel the piping inside the wall moving when I do so. They last thing I need is a busted pipe inside the wall.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 02-23-22, 08:10 AM
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There might be a small set screw on the bottom of the handle, probably uses an allen wrench. Loosen the screw and the handle should come right off.
 
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I do not think he is looking at OFF
But at what looks like UMC and then some more letters by the screw head.
 
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Old 03-06-22, 11:11 AM
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Oh yeah, that does say Moen. The first character is the Moen logo then M-O-E...

At any rate you don't use that type of puller tool (that the op pictured) with a handle that doesn't have a center screw / hub on the cartridge.
 
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Old 02-23-22, 08:53 AM
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This is like the 4th identical post in the past month.

Not sure what that tool is for but it's not for removing a handle, at least that one!

Read these posts first.

kitchen faucet repair

Stuck Shower Handle (Set Screw Removed)
 
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Did you loosen the set screw on the bottom side of the knob? If you did and it still won't come off you can try hosing the area behind the handle with penetrating oil. It's a difficult area for the spray to reach so don't be stingy. Then it's a matter of wiggling, tapping and pulling until it comes loose. If it doesn't come loose the next option is to carefully cut the handle off and replace it.
 
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Thank you for the responses.
I did in fact remove the faucet handle fastener before trying to take off the handle.
I will try using some WD40 inside the handle fastener to see if that helps.

Thanks again.
 
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Old 03-06-22, 07:29 AM
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Applied PB Blaster

So I removed the faucet handle fastener again and the saturated the hole with PB Blaster.
I also did my best to spray behind the handle as well.
I let it sit for a few hours and then tapped the handle in multiple places with a rubber mallet.
it still wonít come off.

Also, what is this behind the handle? Is this some type of locking mechanism or something? Does it have anything to do with why the handle wonít come off?
 
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Old 03-06-22, 08:16 AM
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I believe those are stops to limit the hot water level.
This looks like a MOEN faucet. I can't quite see the name under the handle.
You can call the mfg or go to the web site to get specific instructions.
I think your problem is very heavy buildup of calcium inside the handle. PB blaster or penetrating oil won't help. You need something like Lime-A-Way. You might try drilling a small hole through the handle to try and get the chemicals inside.
 
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Place a short 2x4 across your shower bezel trim to protect it, and try to use a wonder bar to pry the back side of the handle. Move the 2x4 and pry bar around as needed. Pry on various sides until it comes loose. Once the set screw is backed all the way out, nothing is holding it but mineral deposits.

If you can get someone to help hold the 2x4 pieces for you, use 2 prybars on 2 opposite sides at the same time.

Norm201 the writing under the handle says "off".
 
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Also, what is this behind the handle?
Probably just part of the handle adapter. Doubt it has anything to do with why the handle isn't coming off.
 
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This handle still won’t come off.

I even used CLR Calcium Lime and Rust remover to no avail.

I removed the fastener and poured the CLR into the fastener hole and it still won’t budge.

I am concerned about pulling too hard because I don’t want to cause any damage to the piping behind the wall.

This is extremely frustrating as it should not be this difficult to fix a leaky faucet.
 
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Have you complete removed the set screw? Not just loosened it?
 
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[QUOTE]Have you complete removed the set screw? Not just loosened it?[/QUOTE]

Yes.
I also poured CLR directly into the hole and let it sit for about 2-3 hours.
 
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If you've exhausted your options it's time to cut it off. A Dremel tool works great. I cut a slit along the outside of the handle. Then grab a corner where you just cut with plier and peel it open. That should allow you to see the part of the knob that's attached to the faucet. Then cut away whatever you need to in order to access where it attaches to the faucet. Now cut away the "socket" part of the handle that's stuck on the faucet. Usually I cut one side then peel it open with pliers.
 
 

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