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Help removing an old push pull shower handle

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andycbush

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Hello

I could use some help removing an old push pull shower handle that probably dates to 1969. I have tried using a handle pulled but that has only bent the handle. There is one center bolt that has been removed but it just doesn't feel like this handle is suppose to slide off.

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks
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breplum

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The sleeve leads me to be certain that it is a Moen valve.
The only way to get at it all is by removing the handle and that one screw seems like it should have done the securing.
Plan on getting a replacement handle in a different available style after you GENTLY bang on that old handle to get it loose.
 

Jeff Handy

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Squirt some PB Blaster down the screw hole and rotate the handle all around.
If you are lucky some oil might get where needed to break the corrosion bond.

Wait a day, then grab the handle edge with vice grips and wiggle hard while pulling.

Btw, I have never seen that style handle, they are usually plastic.

If you have a hammer drill, you could apply GENTLE hammer drill pressure with the chuck, right directly onto the center of the handle.

It helps the oil penetrate, and might break up corrosion.

You could also try to vibrate it with the head of a multitool aka oscillating tool.
 
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