How to Dismantle a Faucet

What You'll Need
Flat Screwdriver
Any Needed Replacements
Locking-jaw Pliers
Slip-joint pliers

If you are trying to repair or replace a faucet and need to dismantle the one you have, it is important to follow a few procedures so that you do not accidentally flood your kitchen, bathroom or other washing up space. There will also be a slightly different procedure depending on which type of faucet you are trying to dismantle.

Step 1: Turn Off your Water Supply

Before you dismantle your faucet, it is very important that you turn off your water supply valves. These are usually located underneath the sink. Make sure that the water is completely off, or you may create a mess.

Step 2: Remove the Faucet and the Handles

Place a towel into you sink to prevent any scratches or marks in case you drop your faucet. First, remove the handle carefully using a flat screwdriver to pry off the cap, button or plug at the top of the handle. There should be a screw right beneath the decorative piece and you will need to unscrew it and then pull out the faucet. Make sure you take note as you remove each fixture so that you will be able to remember where each piece goes and will be able to reassemble it easily.

If you need to purchase replacements for your faucet, make sure you take note of the manufacturer's name and take the pieces with you to ensure you get the correct parts.

Depending on your type of faucet you own, you will need to follow the next specific instructions:

For Ball-style Faucets

  1. First, remove the caps and screw off the handles. If you need to tighten the handles, you can use a tool to tighten the plastic adjusting ring. This will make sure your handles are easy to turn on and off. You may also need to replace the rubber washers and O-rings.
  2. If it is leaking, unscrew the cap with locking-jaw pliers and removing the ball inside the faucet. You will need to replace the rubber seats, O-rings and springs on both sides of the valve and then add the ball back into the faucet.

For Compression-Style Faucets

  1. Using slip-joint pliers, unscrew the bonnet from the faucet base and remove the valve stem.
  2. The valve stem should have reverse threads, so you will be able to unscrew it easily by turning it clockwise, then replace the O-rings and rubber washers before rotating the valve stem back in.

For Disc Faucets

Though most disc faucets won't drip or leak because they are durably made, you may need to change the inlet or outlet seals from time to time, as they can leak or become built up with sediment. These will open in the same way as many of the other faucets depending on its style.

For Cartridge Faucets

  1. To dismantle a cartridge faucet, you will need to remove the decorative can and unscrew the screw beneath it.
  2. Pull off the handle and release the cartridge with pliers, pulling the retainer clip out carefully.
  3. You can replace the seals and O-rings to fix any leaks. If you continue to have leaks, you can change the entire cartridge.