I have no idea why this isn't simple, perhaps because every repair project has to have some hitch in it to piss me off.
I have a leaky hose bib in my back yard, so I wanted to take the sucker apart and replace the washer in the valve stem, right?
Well, I took the screw out, the one in the middle of the handle. Then I unscrewed the hex around the stem, but the sucker just won't come loose. It shakes around and wobbles like it should come off, but it just doesn't.
I thought maybe I needed to unscrew the handle out of there once I got the screw and nut off, but wound up just breaking off part of the handle.
So now I am buying a new hose bib anyway to replace the one I broke, but I am still curious, how the heck do I get that sucker off?
For reference, the hose bib is the style pictured here.