You might think a professional is required to fix a loose faucet.
You are wrong.
Faucets are actually very easy to fix. And if you fix it yourself, you will be saving a good amount of money.
It is genuinely not as hard as you might think. You might be hearing people here and there telling you it's hard or that you should definitely get a professional for it, but it is far from the truth.
That is why in today's article, we have come to you with some really easy steps on how to fix a loose faucet on your own. I mean, if you can do it yourself, why pay others for it. Right?
So, let’s dive in.
Things You Will Need:
- Masking tape
- Wrenches: hex head, basin and an adjustable one
- Screwdriver with a flathead
- A torch
How To Repair A Loose Faucet Handle
Now that you have the tools set up, let us get into how you should be doing it. Like we said before, it really is not that hard, so do not be nervous and just follow these steps!
Step 1: The first step is to get under the sink. You can use a flashlight, but be very careful when checking under the sink. When you are there, you must remove parts that are in front of the supply valve.
Step 2: Clean everything surrounding the valve just to work with a more hygienic space. Make a clean and clear path to the supply valve, so it is easier for you to work.
Step 3: When you are done cleaning, turn the valve in a clockwise direction, so it is turned off. This is basically so you can turn off the water connection to the faucet and make your work less messy.
Step 4: Next, you will need to work with the setscrew. Now not all sinks have it right out in the open. So, if you find the setscrew, then you can either snap it off or use a hex wrench to turn it clockwise. That is pretty much it.
Step 5: However, if you can not find the setscrew or it is not out in the open, just use some masking tape and lift the decorative caps using a flathead screwdriver. Then you can tighten the setscrew easily.
Step 6: After you are done with that, put everything back to where it was, and then turn on the valves to check.
And that is it! With these steps, you can easily repair a loose faucet. It will not take you more than 15 minutes to finish this work.
A Little About The Faucet Base
Now that you know a little about how you can fix the faucet handle, there is a little more to know about the faucet base that might cause issues if loose. Well, lucky for you, this is actually way easier than fixing the handle and can be completed in just 3 easy steps. So keep reading!
Step 1: So, like the handle, you will need to locate the valves first. For this, you will need to go under the sink as well. So hurry up and get your torch. After finding the valves, you must turn them off so you can cut off the water supply and work easily.
Step 2: Now that you turned the water off, it is time to do the real work. So, for a faucet base, you need what is called a basin wrench. It is not that hard to find, and if you do not have one at home, it is advised you get one immediately. After you get the wrench, you should find the nuts and tighten all of them. Remember to do this in a clockwise direction.
Step 3: Check every nut that is there and tighten them properly, so you do not have to work with a loose faucet again. After that, simply put everything into place and test the base to see if it worked.
If it did not work, just go through the nuts again and tighten them. And that is all you have to do to fix a loose faucet basin!
Now that you know all about fixing you loose kitchen faucet, we hope you will definitely try to do this yourself soon. The thing with these faucets is that they are bound to get loose at some point, so we highly advise you to learn to do this yourself. Trust us when we say this will save you both time and money.
On this note, we hope this article comes in handy, and you can follow all these steps easily to get your work done. So, good luck, and thank you for reading!