Sunday, January 22, 2012

How to Tightened Custom Bathroom Handles

Fig.1 Custom handle
By Gary Boutin 

Supplies and Tools:
Allen wrench set
Alligator vice grips
Phillips screwdriver

While doing my check list from a local Realtor, the master bathroom faucets handles on the master vanity and tub where loose. The handles worked fine but both the cold and hot were loose. 

This post show the six steps needed to repair these tub handles. 

Step 1: Above right fig.1 shows the handle screw on the top of the handle is loose. 
Step 2: Fig.2 shows Alligator Vice Grips® were used to turn the top screw counterclockwise thus removing the screw from the handle base. 
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the screw in inside the base cover and the decorative plastic cover is on the right.
Fig.2 Handle top nut
Fig.3 Handle base
Step 4: Fig.4 shows the plastic cover to the metal base and inserting the cover over the faucet stem. 
Step 5: Fig.5 shows the screw is being placed in the center of the handle and tightened tub handles have been adjusted. 
Step 6: Ninety percent of bathroom and tub faucets are going to have a Phillips screw in the center of the handle. But on custom unpopular bathroom faucets it can be a simple Allen screw in the center or an Allen screw on the sides of the handle. To adjust these screws an Allen wrench set is needed and a must for all plumbing repairs.
Fig.4 Screw installation
Fig.5 Job finished

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