How to Adjust Faucet Handles

Adjusting faucet handles becomes necessary when the internal rubber sealing washers wear from use. The washers are compressed by the turning of the faucet handle, which in time causes the handle to be rotated further to fully shut the flow of water off. The forming of the washer under compression is normal, but when the handles lose symmetry in their appearance as a result, each one can be adjusted to their original position. You can adjust the faucet handles with a screwdriver and basic hand tool experience.

Faucet handles can be adjusted to maintain symmetry and aesthetics.

Step 1

Ensure that the faucet is turned off and that no dripping is present.

Step 2

Remove the decorative cap from the top of the faucet handle. If necessary, pry the cap up using the tip of a flathead screwdriver.

Step 3

Remove the handle retaining screw with a Phillips screwdriver. Turn the screw counterclockwise.

Step 4

Lift the handle up and off from the faucet stem.

Step 5

Reset the handle in the desired position.

Step 6

Replace the handle retaining screw turning clockwise with a screwdriver.

Step 7

Replace the decorative cap.

Max Stout

Max Stout began writing in 2000 and started focusing primarily on non-fiction articles in 2008. Now retired, Stout writes technical articles with a focus on home improvement and maintenance. Previously, he has worked in the vocational trades such as automotive, home construction, residential plumbing and electric, and industrial wire and cable. Max also earned a degree of biblical metaphysician from Trinity Seminars Ministry Academy.