Replace Bathroom Faucet Handles In Six Steps

What You'll Need
Flat head screwdriver
Phillips head screwdriver
New faucet handles

Follow these easy steps to replace bathroom faucet handles after damage or to give your sink a makeover. Because you are only working on the handles themselves, you don't need to turn off the main water supply.

Step 1 — Remove Cap Cover

Remove the handle's cap cover. This is usually a plastic piece that sits on top of the handle, hiding a screw. You can just pry it off by gently pulling up under it with a flat head screwdriver. Since the cap is usually plastic, make sure you don’t break it if you plan on using it again.

Step 2 — Remove Retaining Screw

Once the cap is off, you will be able to see the retaining screw. This holds the handle securely onto the faucet itself. They will usually require a Phillips head screwdriver to remove. Depending on the style of faucet, the screw may be very long and some are difficult to remove. Just keep going until it’s out completely.

Step 3 — Remove Old Handle

With the retaining screw removed you can just gently pull the handles off the faucet now. With it removed, you will be able to see the stem. Now is a good time to clean around the stem with a cloth and soapy water to avoid future corrosion.

Step 4 — Insert New Handle

Now you can place the new faucet handles. They should just slide on to the stem with ease.

Step 5 — Secure with Screw

Secure the new retainer screw in the same fashion as you removed the old one. Always make sure you are tightening this by hand. Using a drill can damage the faucet and lead to a more complicated repair later on. It may cost a few extra minutes to do it by hand, but it will save both time and money down the road!

Step 6 — Add Cap

Press the cap into place to conceal the retaining screw. Remember that this is plastic and easy to damage, so be careful! It’s best to use the palm of your hand and apply gentle pressure until it just snaps into place.