How to remove Kohler shower faucet handle


S

sue.chandler

Hi,
I have the Kohler "Purist® Rite-Temp® pressure-balancing bath and
shower faucet trim with push-button diverter and cross handle". I need
help removing the handle and faceplate. There is no center screw in
the handle, but set screw on the handle stem which I assume holds the
handle in place. My set screw is missing but I still cannot remove the
handle. Can anyone help?
Sue
 
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O

Oren

Hi,
I have the Kohler "Purist® Rite-Temp® pressure-balancing bath and
shower faucet trim with push-button diverter and cross handle". I need
help removing the handle and faceplate. There is no center screw in
the handle, but set screw on the handle stem which I assume holds the
handle in place. My set screw is missing but I still cannot remove the
handle. Can anyone help?
Sue
Corrosion of the stem can make it difficult to remove the handle. Hard
water?
 
S

sue.chandler

Corrosion of the stem can make it difficult to remove the handle. Hard
water?

Yes, hard water. The faucet has only been in for 6 months though. Can
I try to bang it off?

Sue
 
O

Oren

Yes, hard water. The faucet has only been in for 6 months though. Can
I try to bang it off?

Sue
Try a solution to dissolve to build up. Try vinegar/water spray or
what you might already have.

As much as I like to bang on things; in this case I would try to
wiggle it off.
 
T

taos_sue

Stupid question, I know, but does the water have to be turned off ?
(At my house the only water shut-off is in the well...)

Sue
 
M

Meat Plow

Yes, hard water. The faucet has only been in for 6 months though. Can
I try to bang it off?

Sue
Soak/spray with CLT or Lime Away. Get a water softener.
 
A

Abe

Stupid question, I know, but does the water have to be turned off ?
(At my house the only water shut-off is in the well...)
Not at all. leave the water on (chuckle, chuckle)
 
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M

mm

Stupid question, I know, but does the water have to be turned off ?
(At my house the only water shut-off is in the well...)
If you are only taking the handle off, I don't think so.

BTW, any chance the set screw is there but it's covered by soap and
soap scum etc.?
 
T

taos_sue

If you are only taking the handle off, I don't think so.

BTW, any chance the set screw is there but it's covered by soap and
soap scum etc.?




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I am only taking off the handle and the back plate in order to re-
tile. There is no set screw, but I do see where it should go. I should
mention that this faucet has been in a few months but has rarely been
turned on (guest bath). There is no soap scum of hard water residue.
Am I right that the handle should just pull off?
 
J

Jeff Wisnia

Yes, hard water. The faucet has only been in for 6 months though. Can
I try to bang it off?

Sue
Please don't be insulted, but I have to ask if you are certain what the
term "set screw" denotes.

A set screw does not have a head larger than the threaded hole it's
screwed into, and most often in faucet handles it has an "Allen head"
recess in it's accessable end.

So, just in case you see some threads in the "empty" screw hole and
assume there's no thing in there, don't be positive about that until you
try to engage a possible set screw with an appropriate sized Allen wrench.

HTH,

Jeff
 
T

taos_sue

YES! Thank you. The set screw was tiny - and way inside. You saved me
a plumber visit.

Sue
 
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M

mm

I am only taking off the handle and the back plate in order to re-
tile. There is no set screw, but I do see where it should go. I should
mention that this faucet has been in a few months but has rarely been
turned on (guest bath). There is no soap scum of hard water residue.
Am I right that the handle should just pull off?
Well, I don't know- I have no experience with one-handeld faucets
--but another thing you can do is go look at a Kohler facuet at a
hardware store adn see how it is made, or better yet, read the
instructinos that come with it. Probably all models are simlar, or
find close to your model.
 

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