Over time, your faucet’s handle will become loose because of the fixture’s constant use. Just as its interior parts (washers, deteriorate, its handle and the stem where it is connected are also prone to wear and tear. And when that happens, the tap may soon leak from the handle or worse, eventually become unusable because the flow of water can no longer be controlled. The last resort then would be to replace the entire assembly and we’re pretty sure you don’t want to do that. So to avoid such inconveniences and unexpected replacement, you’ll have to repair the faucet handle immediately. Here’s a step-by-step guide you can follow.
1. First of all, you have to shut the water supply valve off. This is mandatory every time that you’ll do plumbing installations and repairs.
2. Afterwards, detach the faucet handle. To do this, look for the decorative that’s usually situated in the center of the tap. In most faucets, the decorative caps have the letters “H” and “C” printed on them to indicate hot or cold.
2. When you’ve already found the decorative cap, slip a sharp knife or screwdriver under it and pry the cap off. Once you’ve removed the cap, you will uncover a screw. Loosen the screw as well and when you’re done, you should be able to detach the handle.
3. If, on the other hand, your faucet has a set screw that keeps the fixture in place, you can use an Allen wrench instead of a screwdriver. Once you’ve loosened the set screw, you should be able to detach the tap handle.
4. When the handle is removed, you should see the faucet stem. Carefully wrap Teflon tape around it, ensuring that it won’t overlap. Afterwards, put the handle back in place and test the fit. If it’s still loose, detach the handle again and apply another layer of plumber’s tape. Repeat this process until the handle already fits snugly onto the stem.
5. When you are sure that the handle is no longer loose, put it back; reconnect the screw and then place the decorative cap on. Turn the water supply valve on and test the faucet. Ensure that there’s no leak and that the handle is no longer loose.
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