How to Remove Faucet Handles That Don't Have Screws in a Shower


When repairing a bathroom shower faucet, removing the faucet handle is necessary to access the faucet cartridge. When you look over the faucet handle for a screw, however, you may not find one. This is because most faucet handles have a decorative cover that conceals the retaining screw. Some faucet handles have a small rubber cap that plugs into the handle concealing the retaining screw. Removing faucet handles that appear to have no screws requires removing the cover hiding the screw.

Things You'll Need

  • Towel
  • Small flat-head screwdriver
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Allen wrench
  • Place a towel over the bath tub drain to prevent accidentally dropping the retaining screw down the drain.

  • Look on the front of the shower knob for a small notch. Often there is a small notch near a seam in the handle. Insert a small screwdriver into the notch and pry off the decorative cap hiding the retaining screw.

  • Insert a small screwdriver into the edge of the raised part of the knob, if you do not see a notch. Some faucet handles use a cover that rises above the knob and inserts into the knob like a plug. Attempt to pry the raised part off or you can attempt to pull it off with a pair of pliers. Don't squeeze too hard if using the pliers because you could damage the cover.

  • Feel around the bottom curve of the handle for a rubber cap, if you have a lever type faucet. Many lever handle faucets will use a set screw with a rubber cap that is nearly flush with the handle.

  • Remove the handle securing the screw with a Phillips-head screwdriver or Allen wrench, depending on the screw head. Pull the handle straight off the faucet stem.

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