How to Remove Bathroom Sink Faucet Handle that Has No Screw


Modern bathroom faucets that lack screws come in various designs. Like Delta, Kohler, and Moen faucets for bathrooms, those with no set screws feature many designs.

Some designs come with screws hidden underneath buttons and caps while others are completely hidden under the handle itself.

While the style gives the faucet a clean, minimalist, and modern look. But, it doesn’t come in handy when trying to remove the faucet handle.

Whether you want to replace a faucet or fix a leak, faucet handle removal becomes difficult if you don’t find the screws. But, With proper instruction and the right set of tools, you can get the job done.

How to Remove Bathroom Sink Faucet Handle that Has No Screw

Can You Remove a Bathroom Sink Faucet Handle That Has No Screw?

Yes, there are many ways to remove bathroom faucet handles without screws, the easiest and most common method is to use a plunger.

To do this, position the plunger over the hole where the handle attaches and push down until you feel it start to move.

Use your other hand to pull up on the handle while simultaneously pulling out on the plunger until it’s free. Be sure not to submerge the dripping faucet head in water when doing this as that can create corrosion and damage.

What Tools Do you Need to Remove a Faucet Handle without Screws?

  • Pliers
  • Flat-head Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Allen Wrench
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Handle Puller Set
  • Clean, Dry Cloth

Once you have these tools ready, we will head on to the handle removal process.

5 Steps To Remove a Bathroom Sink Faucet Handle That Has No Screw:

Step 1: Identify The Button/Cap

Identify The Cap

Typically, you can find the decorative button or cap atop the handle. However, sometimes, you may find it on the sides of the handle.

Step 2: Remove The Button/Cap

Remove The Cap

When you locate the button/cap, use the screwdriver to remove it. Place the screwdriver around the cap or button and rotate it while gently lifting it. Gently turning and lifting the button/cap, ensures you don’t break or snap the relatively delicate piece.

However, if it accidentally breaks, you can easily replace it with a new button or cap readily available online or at the nearest home improvement store. Once you remove the cap, the next step should be preparing to remove the handle.

Step 3: Shut off the Water

shut off the water

Cover the drain to prevent the screws from getting lost when working on the handle and shut off the water valve. You should note that shutting off the water is optional and only important when you want to replace the cartridge or filter.

Step 4: Remove the Screws

Remove the Screws

At this point, the handle screw should be visible. So, use an Allen screw of the appropriate size to remove the handle screw. Due to the minuscule size, you want to keep the drain covered to prevent losing the screws.

Step 5: Remove the Handle

Remove the Handle

After removing the screw, you can easily lift off the handle using your hands. If the faucet handle won’t come off, you can use pliers, or a handle puller to effortlessly do the job.

When using pliers, line the handle and sink with towels to prevent scratching or damaging the actual handle and sink finishing. You may notice some mineral deposits when you remove the handle.

How to Remove a Screwless Double Handle Bathroom Faucet

You need to apply some special technique when removing a double-handle faucet.

Step 1: Shut off Water Supply

Start by shutting off the main water supply or shutting off the valve.

Step 2: Remove the Handle From Its Base

Gently hold the handle in place and rotate its base counterclockwise. You will notice the handle move as it detaches from the base.

Step 3: Fully Remove the Handle

As the handle moves up, you will be able to effortlessly pull it out. Once the handle is out, you will notice its screw. Removing the screw depends on what you intend to do.

For example, if you want to remove the filter or cartridge, you want to use the corresponding size head screwdriver to detach the screw so you can expose the cartridge. If you want to work on or replace the cartridge, use the nose needle pliers to pull it.

6 Reasons for Removing the Faucet Handles

1. Replacing the Faucet Handle

You will find yourself with the need to remove faucet handles when it’s time to replace them with new ones. Generally, a delta faucet handle will last for about 5 to 10 years. After this period, you will need to replace it with a new handle to prevent damage to your faucet system.

But, sometimes, before hitting this period, you may have to replace your faucet due to worn-out parts. These include loose O-rings, fittings, washers, or poor water flow from the faucet.

2. Troubleshooting the Faucet

Sometimes, you may have to remove the handle to troubleshoot problems you notice, like poor water pressure or leaking. In most cases, you may have a leakage at the base of the handle or the spout seat.

3. Maintenance of the Faucet

You will also have to remove the faucet handle for maintenance. This can be anything from simple time-to-time cleaning to removing the cartridge inside or changing the filter. For the faucet to function effectively, you need the cartridge and filter to be clean and working at their full capacity.

4. Changing the Cartridge

Changing the cartridge of a faucet might be a common task. To change the cartridge, you need to remove the faucet handle first.

5. Cleaning the Handle

Even if everything is okay, you may find the handle dirty and want to clean it. To give it a deep clean, you must remove the handle from the tap.

6. To Repair a Leaking Faucet

You can remove the tap handle to check and repair a leak. This way, you get to save water bills and avoid damage to your bathroom walls.

How to Remove Button or Cap Style Bathroom Sink Faucet Handle That Has No Screw

  • The first step is to remove the button. Take a flathead screwdriver and find the gap between the button and the faucet.
  • Insert the head of the screwdriver into the gap. Use it as a lever to apply pressure to the button or cap. Be careful while pushing the button as it may break easily.
  • There is no need to turn the water line off unless you want to replace the cartridge.
  • Once the button goes off, the handle screws will be exposed. You can use an Allen wrench or adjustable wrench to take the screws out. Cover the drain so that screws don’t get lost inside the drain.
  • Pulling the handle upwards will remove it from the faucet. If it’s too tight, use a faucet handle puller. Don’t forget to wrap the handle with a clean cloth so that you don’t damage the finish.

How to Remove Single-Lever Style Bathroom Faucet Handle without Screws

  • Take a flathead screwdriver and insert it into the gap between the faucet and handle. The screwdriver head should be thin; otherwise, it might damage the joint or finish.
  • Press the screwdriver downward so that the lever cap goes up. Once loosened, you can see the screws holding the lever in place.
  • Before you start unscrewing them, cover the drain with a plastic sheet or cloth. It will prevent the screws from getting lost inside the drain.
  • Use an Allen wrench to loosen the Allen screws holding the handle. In this stage, the lever can be pulled out using your hand.
  • But if the lever is too tight, don’t be rude. Gently pull the lever using a faucet handle puller. Be sure to wrap the handle with a clean rag. It will protect the handle from being damaged.

Extra Tips

  • You don’t need to turn the water supply off every time you remove the faucet handle. Turn it off only when you want to replace the cartridge or the faucet.
  • Placing a plastic or fabric cover on the drain will prevent loose screws from getting inside. Lost screws are very hard to find, and your job might be delayed.
  • Using bare hands is better to pull out loose handles. You can also use a dry cloth to get a better grip on the handle. A faucet handle puller will be your last resort as it might damage the finish of the handle.
  • Every time you remove the bathroom faucet handle, give the handle and the faucet a moderate clean. Mineral deposits in these places might reduce the durability of the faucet.

Wrapping Up

No doubt, faucet handles come in various designs and styles, including those with hidden screws. But, evidently, if you want to remove the tap handle without screws, the task is pretty simple and quick through this guide.

Screw-less faucet handles have become popular in most households for their sleek and attractive design. However, you need to learn how to remove a bathroom sink faucet handle with no screws to avoid bathroom faucet leaks if you use that type of bathroom faucet.

Removing a faucet handle can be a frustrating experience, especially if you don’t have the right tools on hand. Make sure to have all of the necessary supplies before you start so that everything goes smoothly.

Lisa Burks

This is Lisa Burks, the Author. I provide free informative sink and faucet guides. I hope you love your time here.

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