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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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    They are American Standard. The make a tool to remove the handles Guess what it's called a handle puller.

    http://reviews.homedepot.com/1999/10...ws/reviews.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnjh2o1 View Post
    They are American Standard. The make a tool to remove the handles Guess what it's called a handle puller.

    http://reviews.homedepot.com/1999/10...ws/reviews.htm

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    Haha thanks! Do you happen to know if these particular ones should be twisted off? I've looked for similar handles online to try to examine them, but haven't been able to find anything close.

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    99+% is that the stems are splined and the handles match that....they will pull off.

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    Kits are available to rebuild that faucet. The one available is for a tub/shower valve. But the hot and cols stems and trim will fit your faucet. Here is a link to the kit you need. It's there # RBK0033.

    http://www.kissler.com/Downloads/Kits.pdf

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    Thanks guys! I'll give removal another shot.

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