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  • Grohe Aren Lever Faucet Handles

    I got new faucets for the lavs in the house, both with Grohe Arden style lever handles #18 083 000.
    The cover caps for the screws are flat with no way to unscrew them other than by hand with just friction
    grip of your hand. Anything else would nick the chrome (pliers, etc.) On one set of handles, the caps are
    screwed in tight and I can't get them out. The first set the caps were loose and no problem with them.

    Anyone got a trick to loosen them up? I tried heating and then rapid cooling and rapping them with
    something non-marring but no luck. I tried a pair of smooth jaw pliers but no luck there either.

    The last two photos are of the first faucet and you can see the handles w/o the caps.
    The internal thread is where the cap screws on to the handle.

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    Last edited by Bob D.; 05-27-2012, 07:46 PM.
    "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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    Re: Grohe Arden Lever Faucet Handles

    Nobody has run into this problem before?

    Amazing.
    "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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    • #3
      Re: Grohe Arden Lever Faucet Handles

      a toy dart from a dart gun will help with a suctin grip. or how about a good gum eraser.

      a jumbo pencil with big eraser and a hammer to tap it counterclockwise while holding a steep angle.

      double sided tape and some flat plastic barstock to tape to for leverage.

      of course an easy out or left hand drill and a set of new greased caps.

      rick.
      phoebe it is

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      • #4
        Re: Grohe Arden Lever Faucet Handles

        No, they are much tighter than that. I actually ruined one cap because i ran out of options and tried using a pair of smooth jaw channelocks. When i say ruined it now has two marks 180 deg apart. But neither cap will budge. I'm taking them back after the holiday and i want to see them get them off at the supply house. And when did Grohe start making parts in china anyway?
        "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
        John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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        • #5
          Re: Grohe Arden Lever Faucet Handles

          Maybe it's the lighting, but when I zoomed in on that pic on the right it looks like reverse threads.

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          • #6
            Re: Grohe Aren Lever Faucet Handles

            If you have the new version of that handle, you don't have to remove the cap. The handle pulls off like the old tricorn handle.
            http://western-sales.com/western/tec..._032712_lr.pdf

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            • #7
              Re: Grohe Aren Lever Faucet Handles

              Originally posted by Plumbus View Post
              If you have the new version of that handle, you don't have to remove the cap. The handle pulls off like the old tricorn handle.
              http://western-sales.com/western/tec..._032712_lr.pdf
              I don't know what version I have. I bought two sets and they were ordered in so you would think they would be the same. There are no instructions in the box with the handles which come seperate from the faucet (becaue you can use many style handles with the same faucet as I am sure you realize, but just for those following along who may not know). I installed the first set fine. The caps screw on clockwise and I haad no problem with them. You have to take the cap off to tighten the brass screw which holds the handle on, then install the cover cap by hand to hide the screw.

              You're saying they have a different model handle which looks identical to the ones I have which just pushes on?
              Man, I hope I don't have one of each because that means I screwed up the second set because I thought they were llike the first.
              "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
              John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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