How to Remove Faucet Handle Cap


So, how do you remove a faucet handle cap? A faucet handle cap is a small circular piece that is attached to the handle of a faucet. It can be removed by using a screwdriver or a wrench.

Removing the faucet handle cap needs proper skills because faucet caps are different. Some are screwed to the faucet, and others are screwless. You can’t use a one-size-fits-all approach for every faucet cap.

To remove the faucet handle cap, use a screwdriver or wrench to unscrew it from the faucet. The screw will have to be turned counterclockwise. Next, take off the washer and then use pliers to pull out the stem of the valve stem from inside of the hole in order to remove it from its seat.

How to Remove Faucet Handle Cap

How to Remove Screwless Faucet Handle Cap

Step 1: Get The Tools

Tools for removing faucet handle cap

You can’t take off the faucet cap without the right tools. The tools you will need are:

  • Screwdriver (Flat-Head)
  • Allen Wrench
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Clean scrap of rag
  • Oil-based lubricant

Step 2: Cover The Drain Holes and Turn Off the Water Valves

Cover The Drain Holes and Turn Off the Water Valves

Before starting to remove the faucet handle cap, you must cover the drain hole. The reason is simple. When you remove the faucet handle index button, covering your drain holes will stop it from getting wedged in its opening.

You must also turn off the water valves. This is not important if you just want to loosen a stuck faucet cap. But if you want to remove the rest of the handle, you must turn off your water valves.

Step 3: Removing the Cap

Removing the faucet Cap

Take a flat-head screwdriver and slip it inside the hole in the middle of the faucet cap. After inserting the screwdriver, slowly work it around the faucet handle till it removes.

Most faucet caps will be removed easily this way. But if it is stuck, add the oil-based lubricant and leave it for thirty to forty minutes, then try again.

Again, the faucet cap will be removed easily. This step requires patience because if you wiggle the screwdriver around the faucet cap too fast or roughly, the faucet handle can crack or break easily. So, take your time to do this step.

You can remove your faucet cap this way if you have a screwless faucet cap, but if your faucet cap is the type that is screwed to the faucet, use the following step to remove it.

How to Remove Screwed Faucet Handle Cap

Removing screwed faucet caps is not as hard as removing screwless caps. First, take your adjustable wrench and add the clean scrap of rag to its head.

After doing this, fit the head of the adjustable wrench to the faucet cap and attempt to turn it anti-clockwise. Make sure you apply some force when turning it.

Some faucet caps will come off when you do this. If the faucet cap doesn’t remove after doing this, that means it is stuck. Next, add your oil-based lubricant to the faucet cap.

You have to leave it for an hour to allow the oil to sink into the cap. After an hour, attach the adjustable wrench to the faucet cap and try again; this time, it will come off easily.

Use any of these two steps depending on the type of faucet you have. The faucet caps will come off easily if you follow the given process.

How To Remove Rusted Screws From Faucets

Removing rusted nuts from faucets can be exhausting. And you must remove the screw, or you end up replacing the whole faucet. But with these step-by-step guides, you will be able to do it easily.

Step 1: Remove The Washer 

Using a flat-head screwdriver and a pair of side cutter pliers, carefully remove the washer from the edge of the screw. You might be lucky, and it will remove easily, but this takes a lot of time. So, take your time to remove it carefully if the washer doesn’t remove easily.

Step 2: Use a Vice Grip or Locking Pliers to Turn the Screw

Use a Vice Grip or Locking Pliers and turn the screw in a clockwise position. If it doesn’t turn, pour some oil penetrant or a lubricant like WD-40 on the screw.

Step 3: Tap and Remove the Screw

After you have poured the oil penetrant, tap the head of the screw to let the oil sink to the side of the screw. Leave it for about an hour. After that, try to turn the screw again with the Vice Grip; it will turn easily.

Final Thoughts

Faucet handle cap removal is easy if you know the process. You can use the guidelines to remove caps on circular faucet handles as they are easy to remove.

The guideline also highlights ways in removing a screwless faucet handle cap.

But, screwless cap removal is more challenging, and they need more attention and patience to remove them.

Also, removing rusted screws from faucets and stubborn tap headgears can be exhausting especially if they have been there for a very long time.

Lisa Burks

Hi, I'm Lisa Burks, founder of the Sink Formula blog, and plumber of 5 years experience.

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