Is there anything to try to get this thing off short of drilling it out? I f these cases are generally hopeless, I'll just cut to the chase and take t he necessary measures, but if there's any likely alternative, it would be p referable than 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 disco ntinued when I bought it about 10 years ago.
If I had stripped the thing while trying to loosen it, I'd probably give up right away, but it was already stripped, so, I'm guessing it got stripped when being tightened. I swear that was done by the plumber who installed i t and not me. Well, maybe it was me, but if so, I have conveniently erased that memory. In any case, this means I haven't really been able to apply a ny torque to the thing at all. it's possible (though probably not likely) that with a little bit of torque, it could loosen up and then I could just get a new set screw instead of two new handles. These are pretty fancy, so near-matching replacements would probably cost a pretty penny. I don't th ink the wife would go for the small vice-grips-as-relpacement solution.
I thought of putting some super-glue on the end of an allen wrench, stickin g it in there, letting it dry and then giving it a go. But if there are an y better ideas, It might be prudent to try something else first.
Thanks for any suggestions.