How to Remove a Kitchen Faucet Handle

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Your kitchen faucet handle is attached to a fixture called a valve stem. As you rotate the handle, it moves the stem, allowing water into the kitchen faucet spout. The two main types of kitchen faucets are two-handle and single-handle. In the two-handle faucet, hot and cold water are controlled separately by each handle. In a single-handle faucet, one handle controls the water temperature mixture. Removing either type isn't difficult.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat-blade screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Allen wrench

Two-Handle Faucet

  • Turn off the water to the faucet, rotating the two oval-shaped knobs on the water supply valves under the sink clockwise. Open the faucet and allow water to run out.

  • Insert the sink trap in the drain or cover it with a towel. This will help prevent parts from getting lost down the drain.

  • Pry the faucet screw cap cover off with a flat-blade screwdriver. This is usually concealed by the "Hot/Cold" label on the top of the faucet.

  • Remove the faucet handle screw in the center of the faucet handle with a Phillips screwdriver.

  • Pull the handle straight up to remove it.

Single-Handle Faucet

  • Turn off the water to the faucet, rotating the two oval-shaped knobs on the water supply valves under the sink clockwise. Open the faucet and allow water to run out.

  • Insert the sink trap in the drain or cover it with a towel. This will help prevent parts from getting lost down the drain. Locate the faucet handle screw. These are usually on the underside of the faucet handle and are hex screws.

  • Remove the faucet screw with an Allen wrench.

  • Pull the handle straight up to remove.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the faucet handle is hard to remove, spray it with vinegar. This will help break up calcium deposits.

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