In our bathroom we have a standard Gerber widespread faucet on a cast
iron pedestal sink. After 22 years even though the cold water faucet was
not dripping, I decided it was time to change the washer. (The washer on
the hot water faucet has been changed a few times). Well, first the deep
set screw that holds down the faucet handle would not come out. I stripped
the head and had to drill it out with a left-handed drill bit. Then the
handle would not come off without using a handle puller and a lot of torque.
So now I need to remove the stem assembly, but it won't budge. Tried
Liquid Wrench, a car store product called CFC Freeze-it and finally both
Kroil and Aero Kroil. The stem assembly still wouldn't budge. I can't
apply excessive torque as the whole assembly will turn.
Is there anything else to try such as heat (I have one of the tiny
lighter sized butane torches) and if so how should I do this?
If nothing works, I will call a plumber to replace the faucet as I'm too
lazy to crawl under the sink and remove the connection to the tap and the
cold water supply and then try to get the faucet off.
re: Actually, just the opposite. If I had taken it apart 10 years ago
and greased it, it would have come out easily now.
OK, so why didn't you take it apart and grease it 10 years ago?
I'm guessing you didn't do it because it wasn't broke, which brings us
right back to where we are today -
"Perfect example of the old adage "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."
On Tue, 17 Jun 2008 11:57:44 -0400, "Marilyn & Bob"
Don't mean to impugn your abilities, but are you turning it the right
way? The two stems are usually opposite threads.
Assuming that's not it, try pouring in as much vinegar as you can and
letting it soak in for a couple of hours to dissolve any mineral scale
that might be in there...
In this case both stem assemblies are threaded the same way (right hand
threaded) and the stems turn the same way for on. However I did try turning
both ways just so see if tightening would break the corrosion. It didn't
* Replace both faucet washers as a set (more often than 22 years, eh?)
* Use some thread never-sieze on the screw threads
* This from personal experience, always use brass screws to hold the washer
on. Steel screws rust, and make a mess.
Might be time to call a plumber. You got your use out of the faucet.
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