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How To Remove A Faucet Handle With No Visible Screws 

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Nowadays, most faucet handles have no visible screws, which helps to create a sleek and modern look. 

However, this does not mean that these faucet handles are free from drawbacks, as it can be difficult to remove them when their screws are hard to find.

There are many reasons why a person may need to remove their faucet (see also ‘How Many Faucets Should I Let Drip To Prevent Freezing?‘), with some of the most common being leaks and damage.

So if you want to know how to remove a faucet handle with no visible screws, then you have come to the right place. 

In this article, we will teach you how to remove a faucet handle with no visible screws. We will also outline the different faucets available and how they can be breached using various methods.

How To Remove A Button Faucet 

Some faucet handles are built with a button or cap, which can be used to cover the screws and hide them from sight. 

1. Locate The Button

If you suspect that your faucet handle has been built with this feature, then you will need to locate the button and remove it. 

In most cases, the button will be located on the top or side of the handle. Once you have found it, you can use a common screwdriver to remove it. Just work the flathead into the gap and you should be able to lift it and pull it away. 

During this process, it is important not to use too much force, as most buttons are prone to fractures. If you do happen to break the cap, then you will need to order a replacement online or from the manufacturer. 

2. Turn Off The Water 

If you want to remove the faucet handle, then you will need to turn off the water first. This can be done using the water valve.

However, if you don’t want to replace the cartridge, then you won’t need to do this. 

When it comes to removing the faucet handle, it is also advisable to cover the drain, as this will reduce the chances of screws falling down the holes. 

3. Remove The Handle 

Once the screw is visible, you can remove it using a screwdriver or wrench. However, we do advise checking the size to make sure you are using the correct tools.

When the screw has been removed, the faucet handle should lift away from the base of the sink. If it is too hard to remove with your bare hands, then you will need to purchase a faucet handle remover to help ease the process. 

In some cases, it is even possible to use pliers. However, we would not recommend this, as pliers have been known to scratch the faucet’s finish. 

If the handle is problematic to remove, then this could mean that the metal has corroded, which can lead to the buildup of mineral deposits. To combat this problem, you can use white vinegar and a cleaning solution to remove the mess. 

To replace the faucet, you will need to repeat the same procedure but in reverse order, as this will allow you to put everything back in its original place. 

How To Remove Double Faucet Handles

Removing double faucet handles is a lot easier than it sounds. However, the process can be complicated the first time. 

1. Turn Off The Water

How To Remove A Faucet Handle With No Visible Screws 

Before you can start removing the double handles, you will need to turn off the water from the main source. 

2. Remove The Screw 

Once the water has been turned off, you can start removing the handle using the base. All you have to do is hold the faucet handle in place and turn the base in a counterclockwise direction. This should allow you to remove the faucet handle and expose the main screw underneath. 

To remove the main screw, you may need to use a specific screwdriver, as double faucets use customized screws. 

3. Replace The Cartridge 

After the screw has been removed, the cartridge will be exposed. If you need to install a new cartridge, then the old one can be removed using a pair of pliers. 

While this particular method can be complicated, it is the only way to remove the cartridge without causing unnecessary damage to the faucet.

So if you find the process difficult, then you may need to call a professional plumber. 

How To Remove Single Handle Faucets 

This final method will teach you how to remove a single handle faucet, which commonly uses buttons to cover the screws.

1. Remove The Buttons 

Most single-handle faucets (see also ‘Which Way Is Hot On A Single-Handle Faucet?’) use cold and hot water buttons to cover the screws, which can be removed using a common screwdriver. 

As previously mentioned, these buttons are prone to damage, which means they should be handled with care following their removal. It is also important to cover the drain during this process, as it is easy to lose small pieces down the hole. 

2. Remove The Screw 

Once the button has been removed, it will expose the main screw. To remove this, you can use a screwdriver or wrench. 

Removing the screw should make it easier to pull away the faucet handle, which should lift from the base without any problems. 

3. Replace The Cartridge 

When the faucet handle has been removed, you should be able to access the cartridge inside. However, some faucet handles will need you to unscrew the top as well to replace the cartridge. 

To remove the cartridge, you will need to use a pair of pliers and an old towel. The pliers will make it easier to access the cartridge, while the old towel will help to protect the piece from damage and unwanted scratches. 

However, if there is no cartridge inside the faucet handle, then you should be able to access the interior of the spout. 

Final Thoughts 

Now that you understand how to remove a faucet handle, you can use these methods in any room of the house.

Whether that be the bathroom or kitchen. The same procedures are also compatible with bathtubs (see also ‘Why Your Bathtub Won’t Hold Water And How To Fix‘) and shower faucets, especially those that have no visible screws for you to work on. 

With this information, you should be able to complete these plumbing jobs on your own, using basic tools from the garage.

This means that you won’t have to rely on professional plumbers to keep your faucet handles in good condition, as you will have everything you need to get started. 

While these methods are compatible with most faucets, there are some that may have been overlooked.

So if you have trouble completing these procedures, we advise seeking the help of the faucet manufacturer. 

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Anthony Barnes
Anthony Barnes is the founder of Water Heater Hub and a second-generation plumber by profession. Before developing Water Heater Hub, Anthony Barnes was a full-time plumber, and he has undertaken a wide variety of projects over the decades. As a second-generation plumber, it was easy for Anthony to get used to the technicalities of all from a tender age


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