Tool Box: Faucet-Handle Puller
Trying to free a corroded and fused handle from its stem can be a struggle of twists, pulls, and whacks that may cause more damage than the cracked washer that started it all. The pros solve this problem with a faucet-handle puller, a simple screw tool that forcefully lifts the frozen handle off without scratching its finish. "It's kind of like uncorking a wine bottle with a corkscrew," says Richard Trethewey. Richard slides the puller's shaft into the screw hole on the faucet handle and positions the puller's two arms under the base of the handle. As he twists the puller's handgrip clockwise, as if he were tightening a screw, the arms rise along the shaft and lift the handle free of the faucet stem.