The single lever Delta kitchen faucet [model 21460 - made in Denmark] has an
occassional dribble from the top. Minor, but I wanted to remove the handle
to tighten or replace the fittings.
The set screw will not move with an allen wrench and all the force I can
exert with pliers as leverage. Even a rachet with an allen fitting fails.
Short of drilling the screw out and buying a new handle, any ideas?
You don't have to remove the handle to work on the faucet, if you can
reomve the big ring nut right under the handle. Which is the next
step after removing the handle anyhow.
A rubber self-tightening strap wrench would be good for removing the
big round nut. Wouldn't scratch, and they've been selling those
things even at dollar stores in the last 3 or 4 years. Otherwise
water pump pliers and something inside the jaws to protect the chrome.
And yes, sometimes the "seat" will stick on something and cause the
handle to not move. The problem then is either the seat (replace both
seats and springs) or the ball. If the ball needs replacing, then and
only then you have to remove the handle, but at least you won't be
bending over the sink. Try liquid wrench I suppose. They suggest
tapping or hitting the item so that it vibrates and the liquid wrench
works its way inside. Heating is good if it doesn't hurt the chrome
- about that I don't know.
This model conceals the big ring nut under a chrome cover which needs to be
removed after the handle. :(
I might try the torch when I am prepared to sacrifice the handle as I also
wonder about the chrome finish surviving the heat.
Thanks for the comments.
Read your post just in time...I was trying to replace the springs and seats by
removing the set screw which was stuck. Instead I just loosened the ring under
the handle which, thankfully, I was able to turn by hand. After that, no
Byetw, when you can't loosen a screw, try tightening it. Sometimes
that frees it up.
This would also be a good time to have a left-handed drill bit, for
driling the thing out, going counter clockwise. A good chance it
would start to unscrew at a certain point, with enough thread in the
hole to just use a new set scgrwe.
Harbor Freight now has a set of 4 LH drill bits, at a Chinese price.
And Vermont American has 2 or 3 sizes. The small one(s) is/are cheap.
You can sharpen a RH drill bit so that it will cut when turning CCW.
You'll have to pull it out of the hole frequently to clear the chips,
but it's worth a try for your one time application, providing that allen
head screw isn't too hard.
And when done, you can jusr resharpen it back to being a RH drill <G>.
On Thursday, August 31, 2006 11:50:38 PM UTC-4, John Keiser wrote:
I worked at a brand new harbor freight, the set up crew believes they will be getting a new store in hawaii soon:)
I quit because my bad knee was too painful. Nice co workers, nice management, nice customers....
Here's what worked for me today:
Buy a can of compressed "air" for dusting photos, lenses, etc. Insert the
Allen wrench into the setscrew and heat the wrench with a torch (thus
sparing the faucet handle). Wait for the heat to migrate into the screw
and handle, remove the wrench, then invert the can of "air" (which will
produce super-cold liquid) and spray through the nozzle tube into the
setscrew. This breaks the bond between setscrew and handle, allowing the
screw to be removed. No drilling, no new parts, no handle damage!
I am going to try this procedure on some other allens that get stuck
for my job.
Once its out dont forget to replace allen preferably with a stainless
one but lube the hole well before installing new allen
replying to email@example.com, Catherine wrote:
Re: Delta Monitor Faucet handle
OMG ... same problem. I could not get that screw out of the Delta Monitor faucet
handle. After MANY hours of sticking a q-tip soaked in CLR in the hole (keeping
it wet) and tighten/loosen back and forth then soak some more. repeat. repeat.
repeat. I finally got the screw loose and the handle off!!!!
On Friday, December 4, 2015 at 3:14:29 AM UTC-5, Micky wrote:
Yeah its kinda nice when old threads reappear. it reminds me of some of what was going on back then.
my dogs puddle and susie were still alive and healthy, my marriage was still together, stuff like that
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