I would just remove the entire faucet assembly from the sink. Then you
can get it out where you can work on the screw, or if necessary, put in
a new faucet. You have to remove it in either case.
john niolon wrote:
> Valve in my one handle kitchen sink faucet set is bad and won't let the hand
> sprayer work...(it's all one piece with no separate diverter valve). So I
> figure, buy the kit... 15 minutes and I'm spraying like a kitchen pro...
> well if it was easy, your granny could do it...
> Gathered tools and started to remove handle... there's a set screw behind
> the handle toward the back splash on a funky angle... insert Allen wrench
> and turn gently, confidently feeling the little pot metal set screw's
> internal edges round off nicely. Seems 14 years of water/soap/lotion/
> kitchen goo dripping down the handle and filling in that little set screw
> have rendered it useless... it's either aluminum or pot metal cause the
> metal residue left on the Allen wrench was light gray dust.
> So now I'm left with replacing the whole unit... unless you wise and
> experienced gentlemen can come up with a way to loosen/remove this dreaded
> piece of metal. It's about 1.5" from the back splash to the handle so
> drilling is out...I don't even have room to drive a flat blade screwdriver
> blade down in there and turn it out with pliers... there's not enough room
> to do anything but cuss it ...with a mirror and a flashlight...
> any suggestions... before I head to Lowe's and spend a hundred bucks on a
> replacement ?? Oh..and anyone need a replacement valve for a Sears faucet
> set ???