How to Remove a Shower Temperature Control Lever


Before you can perform any work on a faucet, you must first remove the temperature control handle or lever. Most modern shower temperature control levers attach to the faucet with a small set screw that sits in a small hole at the base of the lever. You may find that once you remove the retaining screw you still have difficulty removing the lever from the faucet. Avoid placing too much force on the lever, opting to use the proper tool that will remove the lever without causing damage to the faucet.

Things You'll Need

  • Allen wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Penetrating lubricant
  • Handle puller
  • Turn off the flow of water to the shower, either by closing the house's main water valve or by turning the handles in the shower faucet's access panel clockwise as far as you can by hand. Turn the shower on to make sure the water is shut off before continuing.

  • Locate the screw that holds the lever onto the faucet. This will be located either in the base of the lever or in the middle. Use an Allen wrench or screwdriver to remove the screw, being careful not to drop it down the shower's drain.

  • Pull the control lever toward you to remove it from the faucet. If the handle does not come off easily, spray penetrating lubricant into the connection between the lever and the rest of the faucet, then wait five minutes before attempting to pull the lever off the faucet.

  • Clamp a handle puller tool around the lever if you still cannot remove it. Turn the post in the middle of the tool clockwise until the handle pops off the faucet.

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