How to Remove an Old Tub Faucet

Save
Cartridge faucets have a single handle to turn on the water.
Cartridge faucets have a single handle to turn on the water. (Image: Creative Commons: Jessicafm)

Removing an old tub faucet is usually a simple process. First, you need to identify what type of faucet you are removing. There are two major types. Compression faucets have separate hot and cold water handles as well as a third handle for the diverter valve. Cartridge faucets have a single handle. Once you have determined that, you are ready to get started removing your old faucet so you can either replace it or repair it.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Needlenose pliers*
  • Deep socket wrench*
  • (*Depends on type of faucet)

Turn off the water at the house shutoff valve and open up a faucet that is lower than the tub faucet (usually one of the outside ones) to empty the pipes.

Remove the trim cap (the cap in the center of the handle) with a screwdriver or dull knife.

Use a screwdriver to remove the screw in the center of the handle and pull the handle off and the escutcheon (decorative trim around handle).

Pull off the stop tube.

Using needlenose pliers, remove the retaining clip.

If there is a threaded retaining ring over the cartridge, remove it by turning it counterclockwise.

Slide out the old cartridge.

Turn off the water at the house shutoff valve and open up a faucet that is lower than the tub faucet (usually one of the outside ones) to empty the pipes.

Remove the trim cap (the cap in the center of the handle) with a screwdriver or dull knife.

Use a screwdriver to remove the screw in the center of the handle and pull the handle off.

Remove the decorative ring (known as an escutcheon) from around the cartridge of the faucet. You may need to turn it with a pliers to remove it. Protect the metal with a cloth if you plan on reusing the faucet.

Use a deep socket wrench to remove the packing nut.

Pull out the cartridge with a pliers. Wiggle it up and down or side to side if it does not come out easily.

Repeat Steps 2 through 6 for the other two handles.

Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

Check It Out

22 DIY Ways to Update Your Home on a Small Budget

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