Removing stuck cistern lever

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  1. jonnyw

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    I want to replace our cistern lever, but when I tried to remove the existing one the screw seems to be stuck fast.

    I've tried copious amounts of WD40, which hasn't made any difference, and I have a big fat crosshead screwdriver, which initially was a good fit, but still ended up slipping.

    Any practical suggestions how to get it off?

    I've attached a pic below (it's a concealed cistern).
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    Try a pair of grips/pump pliers or regular pliers.
     
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    Vise/mole grips. It may snap though so be prepared to drill it out.
     
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    Wow - I feel a little daft - it unscrewed relatively easily with grips.

    I've managed to remove the screw, but the brass bracket underneath seems to be on the lever rod quite tightly - I managed to shift it a bit using the grips with one part against the end of the rod - but stopped (as I don't have the replacement yet, and wasn't sure I'd get it back on!).

    Is there any trick to getting it off?

    Finally, there's another cistern with the same problem (that I hope the grips will again fix). Worst case, would it be practical to saw the lever rod off instead (space is tight, so I might only be able to get a junior hacksaw in there)?
     
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    Clean the end of the shaft ( file or abrasive strip) ,remove the screw and put WD-40 down the hole ,and leave to penetrate for a while. Tapping the end of the shaft should get it on the move after that . If not ,cut through it with a hacksaw .
     
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    If your replacing the whole cistern lever with a complete new one, then I’d go for cutting it out with a junior hacksaw. The brass bracket - sometimes a gentle persuasion with a hammer and screwdriver does the trick.
     
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