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The handle leaks and I removed the screw in the handle and it won't even budge when I try to take it off any suggestions?

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Calcium build up "froze" the handle, would suggest immerse it in vinegar, or clr (do not know your local equvalent), or similar weak acid and leave for few minutes, run water through and then tap gently to try to dislodge it, repeat if necessary, and second time leave bit longer in acid.

i do not understand "handle leaks" - usually taps (faucets) do that... handle leak only if split or otherways physically damaged - it usually requires replacement, as handles are (including hose) extremely cheap and start with about $10.00 at any hardware store - i would not bother with repair - just replace.

another what can be wrong is seal gasket in handle mount. this cost few cents and is worth repairing... :-)

hope this will help you - do not forget to vote...

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