Informational Guide

How To Remove A Faucet Handle Without Screws

Removing a faucet handle is thankfully pretty straightforward, even when it does not have any screws. Learn how in this guide.

by Holly Curell

If you own a home, then at some point, you will probably have to replace a faucet, whether it breaks, it doesn’t work as well anymore, or you just get tired of it. Replacing a faucet is thankfully pretty straightforward, even when the faucet does not have any screws.

The most common reasons for removing a faucet is:

  • It is leaking
  • You need to clean it
  • The filter is broken or needs to be switched
  • Replacement for style

Before we start, we should mention that all faucets are unique and made differently. So if these guides do not apply to you, consult the manufacturer's handbook or website for your particular kitchen, shower, or bathroom faucet.

Also, here is a list of tools you might need for the job:

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Pliers or adjustable wrench
  • Cloth
  • Hex/Allen Wrench

Also, make sure you always turn the water off first and cover the drain, so you do not lose and faucet pieces.

Removing Moen Faucet Handles

If you have a Moen-type faucet, then you may need to remove the handles at some point. Most Moen faucet models such as the Moen 1 and Moen 2 have a screw under the main handle cap. Remove the cap and then you can use a hex wrench to remove the screw. Then, remove the retainer nut, and you can pull the handle off the base.

From there, you can continue to remove the O-rings if they need to be replaced or install the new handle that you have. Moen also has additional instructions for variations in the faucet models for removing them.

Removing Delta Faucet Handles

Delta faucets are another common variant. The first thing you need to do is remove the set screw that holds the valve stem. The set screw can be a bit tricky to find, but it is located under the decorative cap on the handle. On some models, this will be under the handle, while on others, it will be behind the handle.

Once you remove the cap, you can use the hex wrench to take the nut off and then remove the handle potion. If the screw does not turn properly, consider using some WD-40 to grease the screws and loosen them.


How to Remove Other Screwless Faucet Handles

The single most important thing to do before removing a faucet handle is to find the screw. The screw can be in different places on different faucet models. Typically, the screws will be located in an area that is hard to see from the front, such as under the handle or on the back of the handle. If the handle has a decorative cap on it, the screw is probably located under that.

What to Do if the Screw Won’t Turn

A common problem is the set screw will not turn. If the screw is stuck, consider applying some WD-40 to loosen up the metals. You do not want to keep pushing at it if the screw is stuck as that can strip the screw head, and then you will have much more difficulty taking it off.


People Also Ask (FAQs)

How do I clean a faucet when the handle is removed?

You can clean a faucet with lemon and vinegar. These two substances will react to form a solution that cuts through hard water buildup.

How do you remove a Moen cartridge without the tool?

If you do not have the special tool, you can remove a Moen cartridge by prying at it with a screwdriver or some other kind of lever.

How do you remove a stuck faucet cartridge?

A stuck faucet cartridge can be removed by applying force in a way that will not break the cartridge.

Can you use a WD40 on faucets?

Yes, you can use WD40 on faucets to loosen stuck pieces, but make sure you carefully wash off the WD40 afterward, as it can be toxic if ingested.

How do I stop a dripping faucet?

If your faucet is dripping, try tightening the set screw on the handles or try cleaning the head of the faucet where water comes out.


You will have to fix your faucet handle at some point during its life. Thankfully, it’s a pretty simple job. Follow our guide to make things go as smoothly as possible.

Holly Curell is the editor extraordinaire for Plumbing Lab. Having grown up in Michigan, Holly has spent time living in New York, Virginia, & currently North Carolina, where she lives with her husband & family. Holly loves DIY & has years of experience with at-home plumbing problems that arise from having 3 kids & living in colder climates. When she's not writing about her plumbing knowledge, Holly enjoys reading, hiking & relaxing with family.