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Old 07-17-2016, 02:14 PM   #1
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It's not an RC problem.. but hoping for maybe some related advice...

Trying to remove a shower faucet. It's about 12 years old and the set screw wouldn't budge. Cleaned with CLR let it soak in WD40 for a while, but I still stripped the screw using an Allen wrench. Drilled it out and tapped in a Screw Extactor... but that broke off inside the faucet.

There's very little space in there to get any kind of grip on the extractor. I'm wondering if I can just cut the faucet off without damaging the cartridge.

Ug.. I have no idea what to try next.
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Old 07-17-2016, 02:18 PM   #2
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Re: Stripped Screw & Broken Extractor

How old is the shower control Ed? If it's more than 5yrs I would just replace the whole unit.
Looks like you have your share of hard water there.

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Old 07-17-2016, 02:27 PM   #3
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Re: Stripped Screw & Broken Extractor

It's 12yrs.

Do you mean to replace everything, including the valve? I'm hoping it doesn't come down to busting tiles and cutting out copper.
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If no rear access then you might have to Ed. What make is it?

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It's a Delta Monitor.
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Re: Stripped Screw & Broken Extractor

I figured that you angered the plumbing gods by not taking the problem to a plumbing shop for a fix idea. LOL It's ; like us taking an airplane, heli or any other RC problems to a plumping shop ... the R/Cc gods would get even with us for that...LOL.

Actually sometime a little heat will do wonders and what works good is a good soldering iron with 80 plus watts against the set screw but then that is after the fact.
If you can get the water control knob off somehow and then the big round plate you may be able to see the setup behind. Sometimes you may be able to just unscrew the front damaged portion and replace it with a new one.
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Re: Stripped Screw & Broken Extractor

I don't think there will be any parts available for that control on a 12yr old Delta.

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Re: Stripped Screw & Broken Extractor

If you can source a new handle, use a Demel and a cutoff disk and make two cuts at right angles directly across the hole. The set screw fastens the handle to the brass control shaft of the cartridge.
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I don't think there will be any parts available for that control on a 12yr old Delta.

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Be surprising what is available. They claim lifetime guarantee and I had a special small neoprene valve replaced free when mine was 12 years old and now needs replacing again (now 18 years old). so have to make time to remove and hope they still make it.

The shape of his handle might vary a bit.
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If you can source a new handle, use a Demel and a cutoff disk and make two cuts at right angles directly across the hole. The set screw fastens the handle to the brass control shaft of the cartridge.
That's where I'm headed... just wasn't sure if it would work. I'll buy a new cartridge before I start.
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