How to Replace a Compression Faucet Part 1

What You'll Need
Adjustable Pliers

compression faucet is a faucet that will have 2 handles: 1 for hot water and 1 for cold water. Whether you are replacing a broken faucet or simply trading up to a newer model, replacing a compression sink faucet is a task that most do it yourselfers will be able to do with very little trouble. Follow the simple steps below to get started on this project.

Step 1 – Water

To begin, turn off the shut off valve for the sink. You will be able to find this valve below the sink. If you are unable to find it, you will be able to turn off the main water supply that goes to your entire house. Whenever you turn off the water, make sure that you turn on both of the handles to the faucet so that you will not have any sitting water in the pipes of the faucet.

Step 2 – Screws

Once you have the faucet stripped down and the water turned off, you will need to take off the screws to remove the handles from the faucet. There will be a retaining nut that you will need to gently remove with your pair of adjustable pliers.

Step 3 – Handles

You will need to briefly put the handles back into place so that you can successfully take off the stem assembly. Once the stem assembly has been completely removed, you will be able to once again remove the handles.

Step 4 – Seat Removal

To remove the sink of the faucet, push your wrench into your valve seat while you turn it counterclockwise. After a few twists, your seat should be able to be lifted out without any problems. Once you have removed the seat, you may want to hold onto it and take it to the store with you for replacement if you have not yet purchased a new one.


Your last step will be to take off the stem screw. Once you have done this you will be able to completely lift out the faucet.

Step 5 – Tips

Whenever you are removing your faucet and you find that it will not move at all, you may need to call in a professional. This could mean that the fixture will need to be cut from the actual piping. If you find that the screwdriver is not doing the trick for removing the screw, try an Allen wrench to remedy this problem.


When twisting the faucet counterclockwise, you may find that it does not come out. You should never pry it, this could mean that the faucet is glued to the pipe or the threads are not straight.