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I am trying to get my shower handle off the wall. I took the side screw out and I still can't get it off. Help!

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Albert Getty

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if you have taken out screw then pull off if you have a handle puller use it

Posted on Feb 23, 2009


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There is a set screw in the handle, it can either be a hex screw or it can be a philips head screw depending on which faucet you have. If you have a clear decrative handle then there is a cap that you remove and the screw is behind it. Once you remove it you can remove the other trim.

Posted on Mar 22, 2009



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SOURCE: Can't remove the handle on Moen shower handle... Seriously!!!

heat it up with a torch, or just break it off, you can call moen at that point and kindly tell them that your handle broke and you need a new handle and cartridge. or you can get a drill and drill the allen screw out, they are such a pain i usually break them when i can get them out and get parts for it then

Posted on Aug 04, 2009


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It would be an allen wrench. Any typical multi sized wrench should have the proper sized allen wrench.

The holes can often become filled with grime so be sure to seat the wrench properly to prevent stripping.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009


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its an "allen" head screw

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