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notaplumber

10:11AM | 12/14/05
Member Since: 12/12/05
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I have an old Mixet shower faucet that needs to be replaced but I can't seem to figure out how to remove the handle. (Identified as "MLH-MET" in this blown-up schematic.)

http://www.plumbingwarehouse.com/mixet.html

It looks in the schematic as if the handle simply slides on the shaft, (Identified as MS-EXT) but something holds it to the shaft. When I removed the knob (that spins freely from the handle and doesn't touch it) there was nothing under it (like a nut, clip etc.) holding the handle in place.

Any ideas that could save us from the finesse of the sledgehammer removal approach? ;o)

Jim D

10:59PM | 12/14/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
345 lifetime posts
Notaplumber - hi, my mother-in-law's shower uses the exact same setup. That handle controls the water temperature, correct? Hers is simply a pressure-fit - there's no screws/clips that hold it on. What you may be experiencing is some sort of "glue" effect from a long-time buildup of soap or shampoo, or maybe even a slow rusting of the metal shaft.

To break it loose, you can try using something like C-L-R. Try to pour it over the top of the handle so it runs down into any openings that may exist between the handle and shaft, and also try to get it into the center of the handle where the screw for the water on-off handle attaches. Let it sit a couple minutes and then start trying to wiggle it loose by hand - push in and pull out on the top part of the handle while doing the same with the rounded part of the handle that attaches to the shaft.

If the handle is metal and not plastic, you may need some penetrating oil or WD-40 to break through what's likely rust that's holding it on. Good luck and happy holidays! Jim D/West Point, VA

notaplumber

12:40PM | 12/19/05
Member Since: 12/12/05
2 lifetime posts
UPDATE!!

Finally had to contact a plumber and grovel for information... LOL!

There is a set screw holding the handle on.

It is impossible to see unless you have a REALLY small mirror. (Thank-you to my 9yr old daughter!) It is directly behind the handle, and requires a phillips screwdriver.

Jim D

10:46PM | 12/19/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
345 lifetime posts
Notaplumber - congrats on finding the fix! The diagram you linked to didn't show any set screw either. Now I'll have to look at the handle in my mother-in-law's shower to see if the plastic handle is cracked or is missing the set screw...it's loose on the shaft as well. Thanks for posting back - you may have helped several others who've been struggling with the same problem. Happy Holidays! Jim D/West Point, VA
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