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valewil

04:33PM | 11/26/05
Member Since: 04/10/03
16 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
I need to remove the tub faucet to replace the drywall and tub surround (water damage) but I can't for the life of me figure out how to get it off. There are no visible screws. Can anyone help me out with this? BTW, I do need to put it back when I am done so cutting it off is not a solution, lol.

Valerie


vadesigner

04:52PM | 11/26/05
Member Since: 11/25/05
4 lifetime posts
Shooting in the dark here - not much information on your set-up. For a 2 handled operation, you should have 2 "buttons" - one has an "H" on it, the other a "c". These come off and there's a screw under them that allows you to take the handles off. The spout probably screws off. That's it. It's similar for the 1-handled operation... look for a screw or a small tightening srew (the type that you need an Allen wrench for). Take this off and you should be able to get the handle off.

What type of facuet is it?

valewil

04:56PM | 11/26/05
Member Since: 04/10/03
16 lifetime posts
It is the part where the water comes out that I cannot remove, not where you turn on the water, I was able to get that off easily. It is a Price Pfister brand.

Valerie


vadesigner

05:16PM | 11/26/05
Member Since: 11/25/05
4 lifetime posts
Assuming separate spout and handles - Give it a good hard twist to the left. I'm NOT and expert plumber, but a homewoner who's done some faucet repairs. Checked out a Price Fister online and it appears that it's just a screw on type spout. Might just be stuck.

valewil

09:02AM | 11/27/05
Member Since: 04/10/03
16 lifetime posts
I looked up some info online and learned that you are right, it is a screw on thing. It must be just stuck. I will try again. Thanks for your help.

Valerie


valewil

12:06PM | 11/27/05
Member Since: 04/10/03
16 lifetime posts
Determined that it is indeed screw off but it is stuck! Even husband couldn't get it off. I think there is some buildup on the pipe from the hot water (green stuff, not sure what it is called). Any lubricant that I can use to loosen the pipe without damaging it?

Valerie


dieterdavis

01:10PM | 12/06/05
Member Since: 12/05/05
2 lifetime posts
The green stuff might be some copper/brass pieces that are tarnishing. Most have some kind of sealant to prevent, but wear and tear often break these down.

Something I usually find that works is just white vinegar. It's benign enough, but usually breaks down the tarnishes and/or hard water deposits.

If that doesn't do it, Price Pfister might have some other tricks that you could try. Their direct phone is 800-732-8238 and they have pretty good tech support.

-Dieter Davis

http://www.morehome.com


doug seibert

04:03AM | 12/07/05
Member Since: 08/10/02
843 lifetime posts
I've seen the Locktite Green threadlocker used by landlords in rental properties to keep tenants from removing/changing Low-flow shower heads etc.

Tarnish tends to look "dry,fuzzy" while the thread locker has a slick look.......

Valewil....if you're still with us.....you may need to use more force (big pipe wrench) and expect to replace the fill spout......

valewil

02:59PM | 12/08/05
Member Since: 04/10/03
16 lifetime posts
I appreciate the information. The previous owner was not very savvy when it came to home repairs/remodeling (rather obvious in many parts of the house) so my husband was wondering if it is the case that when they installed the faucets they put adhesive on the threads. Just a shot in the dark as I have even used lime and rust remover, WD- 40 and vinegar to no avail. It won't budge.

I hate to have to pay to get a plumber out here just to get a faucet off but... I have to get that drywall/tub surround project done.

Valerie


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