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
replying to mm, DB wrote:
Thanks for the post! Out set screw was stuck, was about to use a torch but was
not sure if that was going to ruin the handle, was also thinking about drilling
out the screw but then would have to find a compatible handle.
Read this post - then used a dish towel and wrench and easily losened the big
round nut, then the handle and ball came right off! After replacing the gaskets
and springs we tighened the nut down by hand and then used the dish towel and
wrench to tighten it down slowly until it was all the way down (flush). No more
drip drip drip! Thanks!
Just yesterday I had almost the same problem, a frozen screw that holds
the handle onto the cartridge on a two handled Delta kitchen faucet.
The screw had a one piece Phillips head and washer. I don't know if the
problem was between the under surface of the washer and the inset in the
handle or between the threads of the screw and the threaded hole in the
top of the cartridge but the screw would not move. After an unsuccessful
soak with WD40, and brute strength with long nose pliers across the
edges of the washer, I put a 1/4" drill bit on my electric drill and
ground away the screw head to where the crossed slots were just barely
visible. I changed to a 3/8" drill bit and carefully started drilling
deeper to grind away some of the thickness of the central 2/3 of the
washer. Using a normal width (3/16") screwdriver, I carefully tried to
pry up the periphery of the washer all around the circumference of the
washer. I again put the long nose pliers across the washer and voila,
it turned easily. Don't know if the vibration of the drilling did it,
the WD40 finally penetrated and loosened whatever was stuck, or if I
really got better purchase on the edge of the washer with the pliers.
In any case, problem solved. I easily found a replacement set screw in
my jar of spare machine screws. Replacing the spring and rubber valve
seat ($2.49 at HD) and cleaning a small deposit of crud off the polished
metal bottom of the cartridge cured the drip.
On Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 9:47:29 AM UTC-5, Retirednoguilt wrote:
It always amazes me how often people immediately jump to WD-40.
Why would you think that a stuck screw in a faucet would be freed up
If it was rusted in place, I'd try a penetrating catalyst such as
PB-Blaster. If it was stuck due to mineral deposits, I'd use vinegar.
It does not surprise me at all that the WD-40 "soak" was unsuccessful.
I'll put my money on the "vibration" from all your other efforts eventually
breaking the bond. The WD-40 may have "lubed" things up once the bond was
broken, but I doubt it was main reason that you got the screw out.
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!!!!
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