How do I get my faucet handle off?




Last Updated March 03, 2016 03:09 AM

I've been trying to get to the cartridge in my bathroom sink faucet handle. I took off the top part, but in order to get the cartridge out it looks like I have to take off the bottom part as well. I've tried prying it and turning it, but I'm not sure how it's supposed to come off. I don't know the manufacturer of the faucet either.

I put WD-40 to help loosen the bottom edge but it doesn't seem to want to budge and I don't want to scratch it up. Any suggestions? Also, do I need to replace cartridges in both handles to stop a leak? I'm new at this house fixing stuff.

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You need to remove the piece of bell shaped trim surrounding the cartridge. There is very likely a large nut under there. To avoid scratching i usually wrap the lowest part of this trim with 3-4 winds of masking tape, then undo with water pump pliers. These spread the load nicely. You maybe...

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Before you can repair a faucet valve, you have to take the handle off. That usually isn't an overwhelming task, but if the faucet is old or situated in a high humidity environment, corrosion can cause it to stick. More often than not, you can coax it off without damaging the finish using tools and supplies you have around the house. On the rare occasion when it just won't budge, you may need to go to the hardware store and purchase a faucet puller.

Pry off the faucet cap with a slot screwdriver and remove the handle retaining screw with a Phillips screwdriver. If you have trouble turning the screw, avoid stripping the head. Spray lubricant on the screw, wait for a few minutes and try again. Repeat if necessary.

Grasp the handle and pull it straight off the valve stem. If it's stuck, wrap a rag around it, give it a few light taps with a hammer and try again.

Squirt a few drops of penetrating oil or spray lubricant into the space between the handle and the valve...

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Today you’re about to learn how to solve a very common problem, how to fix a leaking Moen kitchen faucet. Whether the faucet is leaking at the handle or just not shutting off the solution is the same, replace the cartridge. As a bonus, this also works with many bathroom faucets too.

Moen faucets use a “cartridge” instead of “old fashioned” washers. This means that all the “working parts” are rolled into one simple cartridge. So if the faucet won’t shut off, or is leaking around the handle, the first thing to check is the cartridge. That is the most common type of Moen kitchen faucet repair.

There are a couple of things you want to do when replacing a cartridge.

First, make sure the water is turned off to the faucet. You can usually turn the water off right under the sink in the cabinet. After you’ve turned the valves off just try the faucet to make sure it’s off, otherwise you might find yourself in a scene from a sitcom…with water hitting the...

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George sent in his tip of using a pulley or bearing puller to get faucet handles off of the stem without having to bang them all up. He takes out the retaining screw and puts in a headless screw to give him something for the puller to push against. Then the puller just grabs the handle and you can crank it off.

Sorry George, but the plumbing industry already caught your idea and they make very inexpensive handle pullers -- exactly the same idea but designed specifically for faucet handles, complete with a smooth shaft to go down into the screw hole to do the job. Available at most hardware stores and all plumbing stores. But then again, if you are a mechanic and you already have pulley pullers, they will be far more sturdy.

For more information on taking faucets apart, check out Removing Handles and Changing Washers.

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Ed the Plumber: A small secondary water heater or recirculating system can speed things along.

Q: I installed a beautiful kitchen faucet and it got me thinking about solving an existing plumbing issue. We’re on a concrete slab with the water heater located in the garage. The kitchen is on the other side of the house and we have to run the faucet a long time to get hot water. I’m tired of the wait — any ideas?

A: Once hot water cools off, it needs to be cleared out of the line to get new hot water to the faucet. The longer the water line, the longer the wait for hot water.

Basically, you have a couple choices to help you with this issue. First, look into installing a point-of-use water heater under the kitchen sink. These small electric water heaters supply hot water quickly to the faucet while waiting for the house’s hot water to catch up.

Second, a residential recirculating hot water system can be installed. The system keeps hot water moving around the...

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Odds are the white buildup you are seeing on your faucet or showerhead is excess calcium as a result of hard water. The bad news is that it can be ruining your plumbing fixtures and appliances! The good news is that it can be permanently fixed.

Eliminate calcium buildup once and for all!

The fact is, certain sections of northern New Jersey are especially susceptible to hard water and calcium buildup. In addition to the discomfort you can experience from showering and washing with hard water (not to mention the nasty white spots left behind on your eating utensils), the white residue left by calcium and other minerals can clog plumbing fixtures in the shower, dishwasher, sink, and anywhere else that water flows. And that’s only what you can see on the surface. Just imagine what the inside of your pipes look like!

Temporary solutions such as off-the-shelf “de-limers” or home-made concoctions like white vinegar and baking soda can help mediate the problem on...

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