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How to Get a Stuck Tub Faucet Off

Dawn Gibbs

A tub faucet can become corroded or develop mineral-deposit buildup that makes it difficult to remove. Some faucets have a set screw that holds it in place on the connection pipe, and others are simply screwed onto the threaded end of the connection pipe.

A tub faucet may have a set-screw attachment.

After you remove the set screw, the faucet may still not come off. At that point, you will need to use some leverage to force it away from the wall.

  1. Feel the bottom of the tub faucet to see if there is a set screw holding it in place. Remove the set screw with an Allen wrench, then try to pull the faucet away from the wall. If there is no set screw, turn the faucet to the left to see if it unscrews easily.

  2. Use a small chisel to chip away any hard-water residue that has gathered around the spot where the tub faucet attaches to the wall. This buildup may cause the faucet to stick to the tub.

  3. Insert a flat-head screwdriver into the tub-faucet opening. Use the leverage of the screwdriver to turn the faucet to the left. Whether the faucet had a set screw or threaded connection, turning it with the screwdriver will loosen any mineral buildup that you cannot see.

  4. Continue turning the tub faucet with the screwdriver inside the opening until it comes loose from the wall and the connection pipe. Pull the faucet away from the wall completely.