Re: 30+ year old eljer shower handle removal
Removing handles from old faucets can be a bugger. It's likely just thirty years of corrosion, soap scum, and mineral build up that's holding the handles in place. GENTLY tap the handle further onto the stem, then tap it from behind - repeat. This should break it loose without damage to the handle or the faucet.
If all else fails, you can cut the handle from the stem, but I'd reserve this as an extreme last resort.
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