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    Default Does anyone recognize these shower handles?

    Hi everyone!

    I'm trying to do some DIY cosmetic changes to my parents' bathroom. I want to change out their shower handles because they're crusty and pretty disgusting. I tried twisting and pulling on the handles with the screws off, but neither of them would budge. I don't want to pull or twist too hard because I'm afraid I'll break something in the wall. Does anyone recognize these shower handles? I figure if I had a particular part number I might be able to do a better search for solutions.

    Any suggestions about how should I go about removing them without pipe breakage? (Do these particular handles pull off, twist off, etc.? Would I have any luck with Liquid Wrench?) We just don't have the budget to do major fixes should something break.

    Sorry about the size of these!

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    I believe they're American Standard from the 1950s or 1960s. The shower arm is an American Standard ball end type.

    Thanks!
    Last edited by gemgem; 07-17-2012 at 11:40 AM. Reason: clarity and additional questions

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