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airam

07:21PM | 06/29/03
Member Since: 06/28/03
5 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
Our master bathtub faucet handles are the see-thru "clear" type and have turned very dirty underneath through the years. I'd like to replace them as we are trying to sell our home and I'd like them to look nicer than they look now.

What do I need to measure to buy replacement handles at the hardware store? Is there a website with detailed instructions on how to do this project? I think you have to turn off the water first, but then what? My husband is not too handy, but I think he could tackle this project. Advice anyone??

Jim D

12:38AM | 06/30/03
Member Since: 01/06/01
342 lifetime posts
Airam - hi, you may be able to clean the handles instead of buying new ones. Have you removed them from the faucet fixture yet? If not, the little cap on the center of the handle should easily come off with gentle prying (a small/thin flat-tip screwdriver or X-acto knife - be careful!), revealing the screw used to hold them onto the faucet. Once you remove the screw, the handle should come off. You can soak them in some hot water or even put them on the top rack of the dishwasher and clean them out.

If you want to buy new ones, you should make sure you have the faucet manufacturer's name (e.g., Moen, Delta, American Standard) when you go to the store. Taking the original handles with you is also a good idea. The big stores like H-ome D-epot and L-owes will carry many of the replacements. If your faucet is an older model, it may become a little harder to find the handles, so be sure to ask who may carry them. I had a devil of a time finding replacement handles for my mother-in-law's bathtub faucet fixture (an old American Standard). I had someone recommend a specific plumbing supply/hardware shop and those folks stocked them. I went in and bought a couple of them.

I hope this helps some - regards! Jim D/Heathsville, VA

airam

07:15PM | 07/04/03
Member Since: 06/28/03
5 lifetime posts
Good News! My husband popped the shower/tub faucet handles off and cleaned them by soaking them in hydrogen peroxide & scrubbing with an old toothbrush. Soaked them all day and they were good as new when we came home from work!

I'm glad we didn't have to replace them. IN my new house, I will definitely not get the clear handles.

Thanks for the money saving tip!!

Jim D

12:03AM | 07/07/03
Member Since: 01/06/01
342 lifetime posts
Airam - hi, I'm glad to hear the handles came off easily and cleaned up nicely. Best of luck with selling the home - regards! Jim D/Heathsville, VA
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