How to Fix a Lever Faucet Handle

What You'll Need
Handle cartridge
Allen wrench set
Sharp knife
Micro screwdriver

When a lever faucet handle is leaking it can be more than a simple annoyance but it is not one that’s difficult to fix. Little money is needed and even fewer tools are required. The article below will show you how to fix a lever faucet handle.

Step 1 – Stop the Water

If you attempt to fix the lever faucet handle before turning off the water then you're going to be left with a huge mess on your hands. Before you begin any plumbing work the water needs to be off and this is easy to accomplish. There is no need to turn off the main water line if the shut off is under the sink. Open the cupboard under the sink and look behind the pipes. You'll see two dials. These are the water shut-off valves. Turn each one to the left and this will block the water from entering the pipes that feed the faucet. One valve is for hot water while the other is for cold. With the water turned off you can start fixing the lever faucet handle.

Step 2 – Remove the Lever Faucet Handle

Lift up the lever faucet handle to make sure that the lines are empty of excess water. You will want to place the stopper in each side of the sink. This will prevent screws and other small pieces from falling down the sink and into the pipes. Removing a lever faucet handle varies from faucet to faucet but these models are all generally alike. They will require the use of either Allen wrenches or micro screwdrivers.

On the front base of the lever faucet handle will be a logo of some sort or a sticker. These will need to be removed and using a sharp knife is how you will do this. Place the tip of the knife at a corner of the logo and pry it off the metal. Underneath this logo will be a hole where you will insert either the Allen wrench or the micro screwdriver. Insert the necessary tool and turn it to the left. The screw will fall out of the hole and to the sink. You can then lift the lever faucet handle off of the base.

Step 3 – Repair

The adapter should now be visible. Grip the cover and twist it to the left to unscrew it until you can lift it off. Remove the screw in the top of the adapter while holding it in place with a wrench. Grip the center stem and pull it up then remove the cover. You will see another plastic cover which is removed by turning it to the left. Pry off the small clip using a flat head screwdriver. On the stem will be a small spacer which you easily remove by simply pulling it off. Grip the stem tightly and pull straight up. You may need to wiggle it free. Put the new lever faucet handle cartridge in place and rebuild the faucet in reverse order.