How to Disassemble a Bathroom Faucet

Save

Unlike some shower and kitchen faucets, which feature a third handle to control a diverter valve, bathroom faucet housings feature only one- or two-handle designs. Single-handle designs are equipped with cartridge faucets while dual-handle designs use compression faucets. Cartridge faucets are one-piece designs that cannot be disassembled, but replacement cartridges usually cost only a few dollars. By contrast, compression faucets can be disassembled and repaired.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers (single-handle faucets only)
  • Handle puller (dual-handle faucets only)
  • Wrench (dual-handle faucets only)
  • Utility knife (dual-handle faucets only)

Single-Handle Faucets

  • Turn the water off at the two shut-off valves below the sink.

  • Remove the screw from the middle of the faucet handle with a screwdriver. Lift the handle off the faucet.

  • Remove the metal clip from the top of the faucet by pulling the clip away with pliers.

  • Pull the faucet out of the faucet housing.

Dual-Handle Faucets

  • Turn the water off at the two shut-off valves below the sink.

  • Remove the screw from the middle of each faucet handle with a screwdriver. Lift the handles off the faucets. Remove a corroded handle with a handle puller. Compress the two jaws at the bottom of the puller around the base of the handle. Turn the handle at the top of the puller in a clockwise direction to draw the handle off the faucet.

  • Remove the large nut that surrounds the base of the exposed-portion of the faucet with a wrench. Life the faucet out of the faucet housing.

  • Remove the screw from the bottom of the faucet with the screwdriver to free the rubber washer. The washer helps prevent the faucet from leaking.

  • Cut the rubber O-ring off the lower half of the faucet with a utility knife. The O-ring works in conjunction with the rubber washer at the bottom of the faucet to prevent leaks.

References

  • "Ten Pound Books: Home Repair Guide"; Creative Publishing International; 2007
  • Photo Credit Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

Related Searches

Read Article

19 Home Decor DIYs That Only Look Expensive

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!