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How to remove old Mueller (1951) wall mount faucet

Cover plates unscrew but do not reveal nipple or place to unscrew fitting from water supply. I am trying to replace with Kingston Brass wall mount faucet

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  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    I have new new braided supply lines for a bathroom faucet, which came with what look small, plastic snap rings that go into grooves in the brass fittings at the top of the supply lines. How do you remove the old supply lines and install the new ones?

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    Bathtub faucet is the old type. I take the cover off the handle and unscrew the screw inside the handle. The screw doesn't come all the way out and just spins and the handle doesn't come off. Wth?

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Faucets are installed from behind the wall and there fore you will need to either cut the sheetrock on the opposing side or cut part of the tile out on the front to gain access to the valve. It is better if you come in from behind as you can build an access panel if you ever need to gain access again.
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