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 How to remove stripped screw in hot water handle in bathtub
Author: tikimama56

I am trying to remove the hot water handle in my bathtub because hot water keeps running out of the faucet. I removed the cover but can't remove the screw which seems to be stripped. How can I get this part to loosen (I tried wd40 didn't work) I have heard of stripped screw removers but I don't know what kind I would need or how to use it. I would also like to know how to repair or replace part to fix leaking faucet which is running hot water now.(I will turn off the water tonight until I can figure this out) I think I have washerless faucets.
Thank you in advance to anyone who can help me with this!

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 Re: How to remove stripped screw in hot water handle in bathtub
Author: North Carolina Plumber (NC)

You may need to drill the head off the screw to remove the handle. Then you can just replace the stem, and won't have to worry with the screw.

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 Re: How to remove stripped screw in hot water handle in bathtub
Author: jimmy-o (CA)

Drilling the head off with about a 3/8" diam. bit usually works. Stem will need replacement. Sears has a screw remover set called "ScrewzOut" . I like this a lot. Same principal as an easy out, but you don't have to drill a hole.

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 Re: How to remove stripped screw in hot water handle in bathtub
Author: hj (AZ)

Call a plumber. He will either remove the screw or replace the stem. Since you do not even know what kind of faucet it is, you may waste a lot of time and effort trying to fix it.

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 Re: How to remove stripped screw in hot water handle in bathtub
Author: rjanuary (CA)

I'm no plumber, but I happened to have just dealt with this exact problem. There are two ways of going about it. The first is to use a screw extractor. Get a pretty small sized one(should easily fit within the screws diameter). Drill a pilot hole first(use a bit slightly smaller than the extracter), then insert the extractor and turn is counter clock wise(or put it in your drill and set it on reverse). As the extractor bites into the screw it will unscrew it.

The other way that may work(did for mine) is to leave the handle on and unscrew the flange. Mine came for enough off the wall that I could get to the valve and remove it(this is ultimatly what you want out if you want to repair the leak). Be sure the water is off before you do this. Only problem with this way is that you have to also replace the flange and the handle.

Best of luck!

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