Delta Bath Faucet - Screw Down "Cap" frozen

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Riickk

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This is an age 20+ Delta centerset faucet, single "crystal" handle.
Untouched since installed, but needs new seals at this point.
The screw-down cap holding down the inner parts, ball, etc. is frozen, pipe wrench won't loosen it, faucet moves instead.
Any tips on how to get it motivated? ;)
 

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I cut the cap off. Dremel works well, wear safety glasses.

If you’re not careful you’ll ruin the faucet.
 

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Thanks
Since I don't own a Dremel, and, a new chrome cap would be $15-to-$20+
A new faucet is the better option.
 

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Have a new cap coming from our customer service (lifetime warranty) friends at Delta, they're also supplying new seals & springs. Since I removed the faucet from the vanity top, I'm going to see if soaking it in vinegar will free up the cap.
 

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Try putting on some rubber gloves that grip well and use just your hands. Or use a rubber jar opener.

If you use pliers, be careful and don’t Squeeze the cap. Grip as high as possible on the cap. If you squeeze it then it’ll never unscrew
 
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