Unscrew Kohler faucet handle - help...


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dchou4u

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My Kohler faucets look almost identical, and are from the Kohler
"Revival" series. There is no set-screw!

The faucet is disassembled by turning the tapered, polished brass,
escutcheon / bezel counter-clockwise as viewed looking down from atop
the fixture handle.

In my case, the plumber had used a bit of silicone caulk to water-proof
the contact ring where the brass escutcheon meets the (marble)
counter-top, so it took a lot of force to turn / break the caulk. I was
able to do it without use of any tool or gripping device, but I did use
a sheet of rubber (a kitchen silicone pot holder actually) to add
friction and prevent my slightly oily hand from slipping.

It takes some muscle and grunting. At least it did in my case.

Good luck, and please report back on your progress. If yours is like
mine, the next issue will be the challenge of getting the ceramic valve
out to repair the leak...... I will have a suggestion there if you need
it.

Smarty
I am going to get a strap wrench today and see if I can unscrew it. I
already got the replacement cartridge from Kohler. Do I just pop off
the old cartridge using a screwdriver or something? Let me know if you
have a suggestion. Thanks again...
 
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harry

I am going to get a strap wrench today and see if I can unscrew it. I
already got the replacement cartridge from Kohler. Do I just pop off
the old cartridge using a screwdriver or something? Let me know if you
have a suggestion. Thanks again...- Hide quoted text -

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If some sort of sealant has been applied under the faucet, you can
sometimes relieve the "stiction " by sawing it out with a hacksaw
blade with one end wrapped in insulating tape so you can grasp it.
You need to be carful not to damage adjacent polished surfaces.
 
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Joe

I am trying to unscrew my Kohler faucet but it just not giving in. Do
I need to use a strap wrench or something? I don't want to scratch the
chrome surface. I took 3 photos. It's the one in photo2.jpg.

Thanks

http://sopmedia.com/sopguest/kohler/photo.jpghttp://sopmedia.com/sopguest/kohler/photo2.jpghttp://sopmedia.com/sopguest/kohler/photo3.jpg
To make things easier, why not shut off all water valves, disassemble
the drain system and simply remove the whole sink from the counter
top? This has been a pro trick for years, and eliminates the need to
struggle with a basin wrench. This procedure takes a only a matter of
minutes and the resulting work is much tidier than the typical DIY
struggle. Good luck.

Joe
 
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dchou4u

To make things easier, why not shut off all water valves, disassemble
the drain system and simply remove the whole sink from the counter
top? This has been a pro trick for years, and eliminates the need to
struggle with a basin wrench. This procedure takes a only a matter of
minutes and the resulting work is much tidier than the typical DIY
struggle. Good luck.

Joe
I bought a strap wrench yesterday from HD for $30 and tried to unscrew
the faucet handle, but it is not moving at all. The chrome is really
slippery. I put a rubber sheet on the chrome to try to get more
traction, but it is still not moving. Any idea how I can unscrew it?
 
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dchou4u

Very good suggestion!
My kitchen has a Moen faucet. It has been trouble-free for 15+ years!

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Thanks everyone for your insightful input. I really appreciate it...

Just one question... if you take a look at the photos that I had
attached to the original question, there is a brass piece that is
resting on the countertop surface. This piece does not come off when I
unscrewed the chrome handle off the other faucet handles. So I don't
get how undoing the hex nut below the countertop will help relieve
pressure on the chrome piece that I am trying to unscrew.
I guess my Kohlor faucet design is a little different from yours in
the sense that yours does not have this extra brass piece that is
separate from the rest of the faucet handle. So in your case, it would
be good to unscrew the hex nut at the bottom of the countertop.

Thanks again
 

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