How to Remove a Stripped Thread Faucet Seat

What You'll Need
Cleaning Fluid

If you are doing some alterations in your bathroom, then you may come across a stripped thread faucet seat. These kinds of faucet seats are often vulnerable to damage, so if the thread has been completely stripped from the seat, then you may find it difficult to turn or move the faucet seat. Looking at the seat, you should be able to tell whether the stripped thread will mean that you need to call in a plumber, or if you can manage this yourself. If you have some home improvement tools, and a few spare hours, you can easily remove your corroded faucet seat, and replace it with a brand new one.

Step 1 - Turn off the Water

The first basic step is to turn off the water supply to the faucet. You can take a look under the sink and turn off the supply valves at this point using your wrench, although it is usually better to turn off the supply at the mains. The faucet stop will only prevent water from being called up, and you may still be caught by a water surge. Depriving the whole house of water is the only way to ensure that you remain completely dry. Once you have turned off the water, you will need to run out the taps nearest to your faucet, in order to drain the pipes of any water.

Step 2 - Clean the Faucet

You may need to remove corrosion from around the edge of the faucet seat. Use a sponge and some cleaning liquid, and rub around the seat. You could use a piece of scotch cloth, which is tougher than usual sponges, to remove corrosion from the area. Once this has been cleaned, you can then judge just how serious the stripped thread situation is.

Step 3 - Remove the Faucet Handle

Push the tip of your flat screwdriver into the gap between the faucet handle and the cap. You should be able to pop off the cape easily by just twisting the screwdriver. Below this cap, you will see the screw for the center of the faucet. This can be removed with the screwdriver. Take off the handle, and place it to one side.

Step 4 - Remove the Faucet Seat

Locate the faucet stem nut, and remove this. You should then be able to take off the stem, and find the seat valve below it. Insert your screwdriver into the gap, and then turn it to the side, using your pliers. Slide the wrench into the hole created in this way. Remove the faucet seat by twisting the seat to one side quickly. If you have trouble, add a little plumber's oil, and then try again. Once the seat has been loosened in this fashion, you can chip off the edges of the seat from the faucet, and give it a good cleaning.