I need to change the rubbers in a hot and cold shower/tub pair of faucets.
BTW it's a Price Pfisher (sp?). Well I undid the screws but the handles are
on tight. I feel if I pull any harder I'm likely to damage the tiles. Any
Thanks in advance,
Spend the under $10 and buy a puller for the handles.
The suggestion to treat them with a liquid wrench type product is also a
good suggestion; best used in combo with the handle puller.
Run a longer phillips head screw down in the hole until it bottoms.
You want one that is still about 1/4" from seated on the handle. Then
you have an expendible place to put the puller point. The handles may
be toast but you are probably tired of them anyway.
I have no experience with a general purpose puller. The principal is the
same. The size and shape are most likely different.
The handle puller has a center point/pivot that fits inside the screw hole
and 3 fingers that grab the bottom of the handle. The pressure on the stem
is at the most solid point of the stem. Not my best explanation. I have
never damaged a stem or valve using one. In one or two extreme cases over
the years I have damaged the bottom portion of the handle. These were always
cheap chrome handles.
I just did this to my tub and had the same problem. I used a pully
puller (at least that's what I call it & it's what your describing). Be very
careful, you can mess up your handles VERY easily. On the plus side, they
sell kits at Lowes and HD that's not too expensive. Good luck. Randy
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