Repairing a Faucet: How to Fix a Loose Handle Repairing a Faucet: How to Fix a Loose Handle
Faucets get a lot of use every day and that's why repairing a faucet is such an important thing to learn how to do. If you can repair faucets by yourself, you should find it much easier to do all sorts of projects around your home. Faucets in your bathroom will get used by everyone in your house every single day. That means that their health is very important.
A loose faucet handle can be extremely frustrating because it can sometimes mean that the tap won't turn off correctly. Sometimes these faucets can also squeak, which is very irritating.
Step 1 - Turning off the Water
Make sure that the shut off valve is fully shut off. This will prevent any water from leaking out when you're working on the plumbing in your house. If you have a shut off valve under the sink, you will be able to switch this off. If not, you will need to turn off the master shut off valve in your house. Open the faucet to allow all of the water to flow out. When all the water as been removed, you will be able to work on the plumbing safely.
Step 2 - Removing the Handle
Remove the handle from the faucet. This will be secured with a screw at the top of the handle or at the back. It may be covered by a cover which needs to be removed using a flat bladed screwdriver carefully. If the handle itself screws in, you will need to use a wrench to remove the handle.
Remember never to take things apart over the sink when you can help it, because if you do then there's a good chance you'll lose a screw down the drain and never find it again.
Step 3 - Checking the Washer
While you've opened the tap it's a good time to take a look at the state of the washer. If the washer is damaged or is too brittle, you should take this out and replace it with one of the same type. It's always a good idea to replace the washer even if it looks okay. If you're sure it's fine, you can lubricate it with some plumber's jelly to ensure that it works properly.
Step 4 - Reassembly
Now you need to reassemble the faucet and put it all back together. Put the washer back into the stem and assemble everything the same way that it came apart. Tighten everything up to ensure that the handle is nice and tight, but do this carefully so that you don't risk scratching or damaging the handle of the faucet.
Step 5 - Testing
Test the handle to ensure that there are no leaks and that the handle no longer moves loosely. If it does, you will need to do some more troubleshooting. It could also be that the handle is so badly damaged that the entire faucet will need replacing.