How to remove a stripped set-screw from a bathroom faucet handle
April 22, 2014 10:33 AM Subscribe
I did a stupid thing and I am so ashamed.
One of our bathroom faucets has a minor leak. When a previous faucet had the same problem, I fixed it by replacing the stem, which worked like a charm, so I was planning on doing the same to this one. Unfortunately, I think I stripped the set-screw when trying to remove the handle, and now I am unable to remove the handle to make the repair. I am looking for suggestions on how to remove this set-screw.
posted by blurker to Home & Garden (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We have a bathroom faucet sort of, but not exactly, like this Delta faucet.
You can see the set screw in the picture. It is a hex screw, and I have the right driver, but I think I've stripped the screw. I've seen some recommendations for ways to get better grip in the opening, including shoving a bit of rubber into the opening (which I've tried) or shoving some steel wool into the opening (which I have not yet tried). Most of the on-line recommendations involve drilling out the screw, which will ruin the faucet handle. I would prefer not to do this, as I suspect we would have to replace all the handles at that point in order to get matching ones. Have any of you plumbing gurus had any luck with these little buggers? Is there anything else I can do to get the damned screw out?
Thanks so much for any assistance!