I cannot remove my bath tub taps
i've popped off the plastic cover, and removed the screw from it. However i
cannot get them to come off..Any IDEA on what i can do to get them off? i
tihnk that they're siezed on there because of the water crap. I've tried
bangin away with a hammer to maybe loosen them up, but to no avail!
There is a tool called a "handle puller". May be available at
larger home improvement stores or at a plumbing supply house.
If the handle is metal, applying heat (torch) to it *may* help
loosen the grip. Wear goggles if you do this and mind any
The tool is the best bet though.
The best thing would be a small "puller", i.e. a gizmo with tong-like
fingers that sit in behind the handle and a screw in the middle of the front
that you screw down to push against the valve stem. Depending on what you
have, you may need to put the screw which held the handle back in so there
is something to push against. You won't have to pull very hard, most
likely. The handle would come off relatively easily if you could only apply
the force in the right direction (which you can't do with banging or a
These pullers are more or less standard hardware tools, you can find them at
a hardware store or whatever. Tell the folks what you are trying to do and
they can point you at the right size and shape. You can rent pullers at a
tool rental as well but I think these are often pretty big. You might try a
tool rental though.
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