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I'm unable to move the trim piece off by hand or with wrenches. do you have any suggestions?

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Trim piece covers a wide range.... If you are removing a knob, and have the screw out, try soaking with penetrating oil, let soak and remove by tapping side-to-side whike pulling straight out.
If you are removing a chrome (or similar) escutcheon tube (the tube that surrounds the valve stem, on tub faucets, a strap wrench works best. Since most folks don't have a strap wrench, you can pad the jaws of a pair of channel-locks and turn counter-clockwise to remove. An old belt with a rough finish works well as jaw padding. Just be careful to not press too hard, or you'll deform the tube.
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