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I've been fixing leaking faucets in a bathroom. There are total six faucets in a bathroom, two made into a bathroom basin, two made into the wall in the shower tube and the last two are on the wall on top of the mop sink.

I have fixed the leaks with basin's faucets but was unable to do it with other four faucets because have failed to remove the faucet covers.

They seems to be stuck. To get a better grip I wrapped some duct tape around the chrome covers and then used the spanner - but to no avail. Tried the strap wrench - no luck too.

I thought it could be the silicon sealant that glued the covers to the wall - but after I have removed most of the sealant (used the sealant remover to soften the sealant and then putty knife) it has not not changed the situation at all as the cover is still stubornly refusing to unscrew.

Any ideas how can I get these covers off? Can you recomend some special tools? I was thinking about a type of a pipe wrench for cone shaped pipe (as the cover is shaped as a cone)?

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Can you provide a link to a photo? –  BMitch Apr 18 '11 at 15:52
    
Upvoted Randalls answer. Be careful in applying force, odds are if its not just coming loose with a firm tug that there is a screw or fastener holding it on. –  Freiheit Jun 13 '11 at 17:06
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Go to your local hardware store and purchase a strap wrench:

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The rubber strap wraps around and grips the cover. Then you rotate the wrench anticlockwise to unscrew the cover off the tap. The strap prevents scratching of the chrome which would normally occur trying to unscrew the tap with the jaws of a regular wrench.

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I've had success removing these with generous applications of CLR to eat through any calcium, lime, and rust deposits that may be worked into the threads.

The hard part is to get the CLR to maintain contact with the affected areas for a long enough time to get the deposits to dissolve.

I've had mixed success with a saturated rag wrapped around the faucet, and better success with a shallow pan containing CLR (diluted as directed) that I submerged the faucet threads under for an hour or so. Just put some scrap blocks or something under the pan in the sink to get the liquid to the right height.

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You might be able to use a propane torch to heat up the parts and loosen them. If the covers are that tough to remove, it might be that they are too far gone to salvage and you will just have to break them off.

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I agree with B Mitch that a photo would be really useful.

There's often a set screw in an inconspicuous spot on the faucet handle (I'm guessing what I call a handle you call a cover?). Double check for that - it could be covered by grime, but should otherwise look like a small allen wrench head. Use a mirror to make sure you're getting a good look at the backside and underside of the handle.

The other possibility is that there's a small plastic "decorative" cap covering the screw. On my kitchen sink, the hot and cold faucets each have a red or blue ring around it - that's masking the indentation where you put in a screwdriver to pop off the chrome-finished top.

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The faucet is probably held in place due to build up of sediments over the years in the threads. Have you given WD-40 a try? Spraying a a good amount in to the threaded area could help to loosen up the various gunk that is keeping them stuck in place.

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WD-40 is not a penetrating oil. So YMMV when using it in this type of situation. –  Tim Meers May 31 '11 at 18:02
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