Seems like the allen wrench and super glue idea would be worth a try. Of
course, try to keep the super glue away from the threads (but you already
Also, you said there is not much room for one of those screw removal tools.
But, since it is a set screw which requires an allen wrench. maybe you don't
need much room? By that, I mean that the stripped allen wrench hole already
created a hole for the screw removal tool to go into -- meaning you may not
need a drill to attach to the tool. Maybe just putting the tool in and
using pliers etc. to turn it will allow it to grab the sides of the allen
screw hole and back the set screw out.
Or, could you try jamming a small flat screw driver in that allen screw hole
and try to get that to grab and back out the set screw?
Let us know how it works out.
in there, letting it dry and then giving it a go. But if there are any better
ideas, It might be prudent to try something else first.
I've never gotten anything to stick with superglue**, not even my
fingers. I'd use 5 minute epoxee. Make sure it's dry first.
**I almost think it's one elaborate scam.
One of the problems are people who tighten allen screws till they go click click
click. At which point they are ruined and will likely never come out:(
I ran into one of those today:( a shaft in a tube held in place with allens
neither of which would move....
managed to move the shaft enough to get the roller out, and had a spare roller
and shaft with me:)
Saving me a over 2 hour round trip drive .
I service heated roll laminators for a living....
> having to get a new handle (I'd probably need to get two if I want
> matching handles, because this type is no longer made - it was
> discontinued when I bought it about 10 years ago.
You should be aware that in most cases, faucet companies will use the
same cartridges in their faucets for decades, and only the handles will
come and go as plumbing fashions change. So, if the company is still in
business, there's any excellent chance that any faucets they make now
with similar handles will fit your faucet because they're still probably
using the same cartridge.
Also, you should download and snoop through IKissler's faucet parts
catalogue. Kissler is a company in New York that specializes in parts
for obsolete faucets. They simply purchase those parts from the casting
and chrome plating companies that made them for the original faucet
I installed Crane two handle tub & shower faucets when I renovated the
21 bathrooms in my building. Crane discontinued their two handle tub &
shower faucet in 1994, and the escutcheon plates that went on around the
cartridges before the faucet knobs had disappeared from stock within a
few years after that. But I can still buy those escutcheon plates, and
any other part I need for them from Kissler because Kissler still buys
those parts from the Malaysia company that originally made them for
Crane. In fact, the escutcheon plates I buy from Kissler now still have
the original Crane name on them even though Crane hasn't ordered those
parts for about two decades now.
Kissler is a wholesaler with a $250 minimum order, but they supply
hardware stores throughout the United States, and their customer service
department should be able to tell you who they ship to regularily in
your area, and then it would just be a matter of ordering the faucet
handles (presuming Kissler has them) and waiting for that store's next
order from Kissler to be delivered.
'Kissler | Plumbing Repair Parts' (http://kissler.com /)
Get on Kissler's web site and click on the "Repair Parts" link in the
black bar near the top of the site. When the new page loads, click on
thier "Handles and Inserts" catalogue to download it. There'll be a lot
of obsolete faucet handles in that catalogue, so you'll have to
recognize your handle from the pictures and drawings.
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