A friend asked me to take a look at their shower valve. He said it's
sticking and hard to operate. He was right.
Thinking I'd just replace a cartridge for him, discovered that I
couldn't unscrew the escutcheon. Don't know whether or not you can see
it in the photo but looks like previous homeowner had tried to remove
it. I see a couple of cracks around the edge where they used vice grips
or some such. I didn't spend more than a couple minutes on it but tried
both a strap wrench and channel locks to no avail. Didn't have time to
get into a valve replacement if I twisted something loose. Told him I
do have a couple of hours tomorrow and would have another go.
Dishwasher's on the back side so I can cut a hole for replacement, if
things get ugly.
You plumbers have any tricks to removing these things when they're