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    Default Dripping Faucet / Stuck Screw

    Hello there guys and girls, Iíve got a problem that I sure could use some help with.

    My house is 21 years old and the washer in my upstairs shower hot water handle has given up the ghost. I am just recently unable to turn the water completely off and I have a drip of approximately three gallons every 12 hours.

    The problem is that I can not remove the screw holding the hot water handle on. Iíve tried all kinds of penetrating sprays, a little heat, I put a screwdriver in the screw head and gave it a couple of whacks and tried tightening then loosening it. Iím not wasting the water, I catch it and water the animals and plants with it, I just want to get this drip fixed.

    Iím guessing that the screw is cross threaded; but would be willing to try any other ďremediesĒ to get that screw loose. If it is cross threaded, what then?

    If you require any additional information, Iíll be glad to provide it.

    Thank you in advance,
    Michael
    The Citadel
    c/o 2000

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    Plumber jimbo's Avatar
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    A picture would help...but gennerally there are some neat tools to get out stripped screws.....Sears has a set called "screwzout"...it is like a drill bit tip, but backwards. You apply it to the screw head with some pressure, and gently tap the drill in reverse...it bites and removes it. If all else fails, you just take a bit about 3/8" and take the head completely off the screw. When working on old faucets, you have to accept that some parts may be fatally damaged in disassembly, so post that pic first, and we can tell you if or how easily you will be able to find replacement parts.

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    I removed all three screws for hot/cold/diverter with those sears/craftsman easy outs before the other guy could run to the truck to get the sawzall. I don't have much luck with them grabbing screws. But to annhilate a screw head and make handle removal easy, yeah, go with them sears easyouts.

    I just post cuz I like to see my avatar.

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    Drill the head off the screw, remove the handle, then remove the remainder of the screw with a pair of pliers. If it breaks off, then use a small hacksaw to carefully remove about 1/8" of the stem and when you twist it off, it will usually unscrew the bolt with it.

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    Default Stuck handle not the screw......

    I stand corrected, the screw is out, it's the handle that won't come off. Anyway, any ideas on how to remove the handle?

    (I had a screw stuck in something else and was mixing the two incidents up in my head.)

    Thanks,
    Michael
    The Citadel
    c/o 2000

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    You need a faucet handle puller.

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