How To Fix A Loose Faucet Handle

person turning on a faucetHaving a loose faucet handle can have you grappling for control, literally. It can be anything but pleasant. However, all hope is not lost yet. The problem might be sorted with a quick fix. With that in mind, here’s a step-by-step process to guide you through it.

  • Clear Out Your Workspace: As is standard procedure, you’d need to clear your sink before you start. You wouldn’t want to lose any plates or mugs, so keep everything out of harm’s reach. You don’t want to have water running all over the place and ruining the job, so to be extra safe, turn off the water supply valves. Open the faucet to make sure that the water has been cut off and empty it. That way, you’re certain water wouldn’t be a part of the problem.
  • Get to Know Your Handle: Trust me, it’s not as intimate as it sounds, nor as scary. Just trust the process. A traditional faucet handle has set screws at the top or is covered by small, colored caps. The setscrew is the cause and the solution to your problems so you’d have to find it.
  • Tighten Your Setscrew: If you can see the setscrew, hold on to your faucet firmly and tighten your screw with a screwdriver till it’s nice and firm. If you can’t see it, you’d have to take out those decorative caps with a flathead screwdriver or a small knife. James Bond’s Style. Just make sure you wear a glove. You should be able to see the setscrew now. Tighten it properly and your faucet handle should be back to normal.

If you have a faucet with a decorative handle, the process is a little different, but just as simple as the last. First, you’d have to find those caps at the top or the sides that are housing the setscrew. You are going to need either a flathead screwdriver or Allen’s wrench to screw it tight. Slide the wrench in and feel for the set screw.

Once you’ve got it with your tools, tighten it by turning clockwise slowly and carefully. Avoid tightening your faucet too much as it could cause even more problems later on. Now that it’s nice and tight, replace the caps and turn on your water valves to ensure that they are no leakages or damages. If you no longer have a shaky faucet and there are no water leaks, your faucet is now functioning properly and you can continue using it.

Don’t forget that knowing your faucet handle and using the right tools will aid you better when making these emergency repairs. However, it depends on the reason for the fault. In most cases, you’d have to get a new faucet altogether.

It’s more advisable to call a plumber to provide a better and longer-lasting solution to the problem than to DIY.