I have a compression faucet with an 8 inch spread that's leaking water from the base of the cold water handle. I've read online that this is a common problem with compression faucets that should be easy to fix. But I can't pull the cold water handle off. After removing the lock nut, I should be able to pull off the handle easily but it won't budge.
Every tip I've read online talks about using handle pullers, but those only seem to work on older handles with a screw in the middle. I've got an L-shaped handle. The L-shaped handles don't have a spot to screw down on with handle pullers.
Delta, the faucet maker, suggested I heat up white vinegar and pour it in the top of the faucet. I've tried this and no luck yet. Anyone else have any ideas? The faucet is only 9 years old so I'm surprised it's that stuck. Many thanks in advance.