Replacing a broken kitchen faucet handle is a simple job that takes only minutes. Faucet handles typically are attached to their valve stems in one of two ways. Depending on the style, the handle may be attached to the end of the valve stem with a single Philip's-head screw or attached with a hex screw on the side of the valve stem. End-screw handles typically have a snap-on cap that must be removed to access the screw. Since valve stem features are standardized, universal replacement handles are available to fit just about any faucet. Before you remove the broken handle, look to see how it is attached to the valve stem.
Things You'll Need
- Replacement handle kit
- Butter knife
- Allen wrench set
- Penetrating oil (optional)
Pry the cap off the end of the handle with a thin blade to access the set screw. Unscrew the set screw with a screwdriver. If corrosion or mineral deposits have made it difficult to turn the screw, spray it with penetrating oil. Wait 10 minutes and try again. Pull the handle off the valve stem.
Position the replacement handle on the valve stem and push it as far as it will go. Insert the tip of new screw into the hole in the center of the handle. Screw the handle to the valve stem with the screwdriver. Do not over-tighten.
Snap the screw cap in place on the end of the faucet handle.
Locate the small hex screw on the side of the faucet handle and loosen it with an Allen wrench. If corrosion or mineral deposits have made it difficult to turn the screw, spray it with penetrating oil. Wait 10 minutes and try again. Once you have loosened the hex screw, pull the handle off the valve stem.
Position the new handle on the valve stem and push it as far as it will go.
Tighten the hex screw.
Tips & Warnings
- If handle removal is part of a bigger plumbing repair that involves removing the valve stem, turn off the water supply to the faucet before you begin.
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