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Why Can’t I Remove A Kohler Faucet Handle?

Why Can’t I Remove A Kohler Faucet Handle?

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Perhaps your quick plumbing project has suddenly turned into a fiasco because you need to remove the kohler faucet handle and there aren’t any fixing screws insight. Well, if that’s the case, you’re not alone.

If you’re looking for the ever-hard-to-find fixing screw on the kohler faucet handle so that you can remove the handle and complete your plumbing project, we can help you. Well, we can guide the process anyway, so keep reading to find out more.


Types Of Kohler Taps

Kohler manufactures a wide range of taps to complement a variety of bathroom and kitchen aesthetics. Kohler’s two-handle bathroom taps and Devonshire widespread taps can be difficult to deal with. You won’t find a set screw holding the kohler faucet handle in place, which can be frustrating. After all, how hard can it be to remove a kohler faucet handle? Well, to be honest, it shouldn’t be too tricky, especially if you have one of the tap types we’ve listed above.

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How To Remove The Kohler Faucet Handle

The process of removing a Kohler faucet handle depends on which type of tap you are dealing with. We will discuss a number of different taps, including centre sets and wide tap handles.

Removing A Wide Tap Handle

If you have a wide double-handled Kohler tap, the removal process should be fairly straightforward. Kohler secures the handle in place by means of a decorative skirt around the base of the tap. Removing it is therefore fairly straightforward. Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Soft cloth
  • strap spanner
  • white vinegar
  • Warm water

You may or may not need the materials listed above. It depends on whether the tap fits or not. If you can’t loosen it by hand, you may have to resort to a strap spanner.

Since we assume that you need to replace or repair some part inside the a Kohler faucet handle, perhaps the stem or spool, you should first turn off the water supply to the sink. There may be a shut-off valve under the sink, but if not, you will have to turn off the main water supply valve.

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After turning off the water, drain any excess water from the water supply line by opening the tap. Then, to remove the handle, simply twist the decorative skirt at the base of the handle counterclockwise with your hand. While turning the skirt, hold the handle itself firmly with your other hand.

If the skirt does not move and seems to be stuck, wrap a soft cloth around it to protect the surface. Using a strap spanner, try turning the base counter-clockwise. Once the skirt is loose, use your hand to finish unscrewing the base. Lift the handle up and you are ready to continue with the repair.

If there is any mineral build-up, use a solution of vinegar and warm water to dissolve the deposits. Wipe the area clean with a soft cloth before reinstalling the handle.

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Removing The Handle Of The Central Collection Mixer

Kohler centre-collector taps are available in two main styles. If there is no fixing screw, the procedure is the same as for universal tap handle removal: turn the skirt anti-clockwise and lift the handle to expose the valve.

Now, if the handle has a fixing screw, the process looks different. Here’s what you’ll need.

  • 3/32″ hexagonal spanner
  • Philips screwdriver
  • Warm water and vinegar (optional)

Again, make sure you turn off the water supply before you start the process. Locate the set screw, which should be on the back of the lever handle. Using a 3/32″ hexagonal spanner, loosen the set screw. Once you have removed the set screw, use a Philips screwdriver to remove the screw from the valve cover.

Once removed, the valve should be exposed and you can continue with your tap body repair process. To reassemble the handle, follow the steps in reverse. If there are any mineral deposits, use a 50/50 mixture of warm water and vinegar. Wipe off any excess before reassembling the handle.



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