Most shower handles are held on with screws, but sometimes you will come across a type without any screws. How to remove shower handle without screws? Let’s find out!
How to Remove Shower Handle Without Screws
If you have a plastic or metal retaining ring, use pliers to slowly take it off the pipe and then slide the handle off.
If you have a screw-on shower handle, use pliers to unscrew it carefully so that the holes don’t get ruined.
Make sure to never hammer or use any other hard object to loosen screws if they are stuck! Options: If you have an old hand shower, this can be cut in half and attached to the wall with a hose clamp. If you have an unused toilet paper holder, cut this down and attach it to the wall using screws that are the same size as those on the original shower handle. Besides being decorative, this also serves a dual purpose of holding hand soaps!
If all else fails, you can always replace the entire faucet and use TWO handles instead of one (just make sure they are BOTH slip-proof)! Read also: Washing machine drain plumbing tricks
What are the types of shower handles?
Shower handles come in a variety of styles, but the two most common types are push-down and pull-out. They differ from each other based on how you turn them on and off.
Push-down handles – To turn on the water, you will need to push down this handle with some force, which turns on a valve inside your faucet or wall. This type is often installed above older bathtubs so that people can better reach them if they slip. However, they may not be very practical if you have limited mobility because you will need to use both hands to operate it (one hand for holding onto it and another for pushing/pulling).
Pull-out handles – These are more convenient because one hand is all that’s needed to turn on the water. If your shower cubicle is lower than normal (such as a handicap one), then you will need this type of handle. But if your walls are high, they may still be hard to reach for short people too!
Remove a broken shower handle/knobs without screws
Replace shower knob with a new type that looks similar but has no visible screw type holes (hidden by plastic) Remove old one using a hair dryer stick and pry gently in between plastic + metal. You will need to do this slowly as there is usually glue used for some reason when installing these models. *Note* Try not to break up the plastic too much, you’ll want it to hold the knob on Installing a new one: Put hot water onto the area where the screws were so that when you place in your new shower handle it will stick on!
Remove a screwless faucet handle
1) Clamp a wire (or heavy string) onto the faucet and run it through the other end of that hole in your wall (that’s usually covered by a plate). Tie or tape this loose end down at one end of the rod.
2) Unscrew the faucet handle by hand — if it’s very tight, you can use pliers to pry it loose. Be careful not to tear up any plastic as you do this.
3) When you get close to unscrewing it all, position yourself between the faucet head and the wall so that when you pull out the wire, the handle will fall towards you and not into the hole.
4) Once it’s out, screw in your replacement shower-handle and enjoy!
The screws that hold the shower fixtures to the wall are often made of soft metal (such as aluminum or zinc). If your fixture is loose, you can use a screwdriver to tighten them by turning them clockwise after loosening them with finger pressure (counterclockwise if they’re already loose). You may need to apply some lubricant such as grease or Vaseline if it feels sticky or squeaky when trying to turn.
Use WD40 on any plastic parts that have been broken off before reassembly. This helps loosen them and make it easier to remove.
All the shower handles that I’ve come across are made of stainless steel except for the chrome-colored ones and some others which are made of a metal alloy instead (since these can be very expensive, replacement parts for them may not even exist).
If you have any rubber gloves, try wearing one so that if your hand slips off when trying to pull out the handle, you won’t get hurt. If you don’t have any gloves, use a bath towel around your hand so that if your hand slips off of the handle, it will slip down onto this towel underneath instead (which is very soft and safe compared to your hard tub or tile floor).
The best way to remove a shower handle is by turning off the water first and removing the handle from the wall. Don’t forget to share this article with your friends using the sharing buttons bellow!