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stuck faucet handle help? Answered

It's a two handle kitchen faucet.  The last time I changed the washer on the HOT handle, I replaced both HOT and COLD plastic handles with metal ones.  I've removed the screw on top.  But can't budge the handle itself off the top of the valve unit.  Without the top screw, it should just slide up off the grooves on the valve unit.  I've tried prying.  I've tried rocking and tapping.  I've tried pouring hot water over the handle. Right now vinegar is sitting in the screw hole.  Usually this takes just a few minutes for the whole job.

Any suggestions?.

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Downunder35m

Best Answer 2 years ago

Had similar problems with my garden tap.
Whoever did the last fix failed to add some grease.
The handle was always easy to turn but the dripping needed a solution.
I could even wiggle the thing inside the tap but it refuse to come out for no good reason.
Using brute force was no good either.
The "solution" came in the form of some taping oil and a cordless drill.
Monted the drill onto the tap spindle and let it turn slowly while trying to lift the spindle out at the same time.
To my biggest surprise it only took a few turns with the drill and it came out with very little force.
Guss it was just a matter of corroded material in the wrong spot.

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mole1Downunder35m

Answer 2 years ago

My ignorance is astounds me sometimes. Grease - Nope It didn't even cross my mind when I put the handles on in the first place. Corrosion was never a problem with the plastic handles.

The man with the muscle levered it off. The new washer is on. I did rub wax on both the handle and valve with the thought of avoiding this in the future, but grease would probably be better. So the handle is going to come off again and get some grease this time.

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Downunder35mmole1

Answer 2 years ago

There is white grease available for drinking water usage, you can find in most plumbing sections of the hardware stores.
If you can't find it the next best thing is silicone grease but never use and standard grease for machine or automotive use.
Next time you have brass stuck try phosphoric acid (rust remover) ;)

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mole1Downunder35m

Answer 2 years ago

Thanks, Downunder35m! Didn't know such stuff was made and was afraid to use machine grease. I'll look for the drinking water OK grease.

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Jack A LopezJack A Lopez

Answer 2 years ago

And no Wikipedia article at all for "gear puller". Thankfully Google(r) Images has got that one.

https://www.google.com/#hl=en&tbm=isch&q=gear+pull...

The gear puller is probably the better tool, than the slide hammer, to use for pulling off a stuck faucet handle, or I am guessing it would be.

For either tool you need to have it, somehow, get a good pulling grip on the faucet handle.

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mole1Jack A Lopez

Answer 2 years ago

Wow! I didn't know things like those existed. Thanks, Jack A Lopez!