How to Remove Bathtub Faucet

Alex Clarkson
Alex Clarkson

Drip, drip, drip!

You can probably hear your leaky bathtub faucet already. This noise probably haunts you every night in bed. But you don’t know how to stop it.

Well, it’s time for a change. But first, you have to learn how to remove bathtub faucet.

Regardless of faucet type, the first step is removing the caulk. For a slip-on faucet, take out its set screw. Considering a screw-on faucet, keep turning it anti-clockwise.  Once the spout is off, the supply pipe is exposed. All you have to do is attach the new faucet to it.

These were just the basic instructions. In order to actually attempt this project, read through our segment.

Curious about the process? Well, now’s your chance to find out.

The 4-Step Guide To Repairing Your Bathtub Faucet

Bathtub faucets are easy to repair. Especially if you’re following proper instructions. To do that, you’ve also got to have the right equipment.

Here’s a list of the tools you’ll need below: 

  • Allen Wrench/ Hex Wrench
  • Razor Blade
  •  Flathead Screwdriver
  • Silicone Caulk
  • New Supply Pipe ( Optional)
  • Plumber’s Tape
  • Tubing Cutter (Optional)
  • New Faucet

Once, you’ve gathered all the things you need. Remember to turn off the water supply. Or else, there’s a chance of ruining your DIY bathtub tray. Since water would be sprayed about.

Step 1: Identifying The Type of Faucet

identifying the type of faucet

If you don’t know what faucet you have, you’ll struggle to remove it. That’s why we’ve pointed out what you need to look out for. 

A set screw beneath the faucet indicates it’s a slip-on. Otherwise, the faucet is a screw-on.

It’s as obvious as that!

Step 2: Unsealing and Removing the Faucet

It’s likely that your faucet is sealed with caulk. So, put the razor blade to use. Slowly, scrape off the caulk to release the spout.

In case it isn’t, just skip this step.

For a slip-on, find the set screw and insert the Allen wrench. Unscrew it and the faucet will come off.

Taking off the screw-on is even easier. Just rotate it anti-clockwise! 

If any of the faucets seem stuck, use the wrench to forcefully open it. Or even apply a lubricant for your ease.

Step 3: Preparing Water Supply Pipe For New Faucet

Once the faucets are detached, you’ll see the supply pipe sticking out. It may have an adapter attached to it, which has to be removed.

Then see whether or not the new faucet fits the supply line. It could be that the pipe is too long. If that’s the case, shorten its length using a tube cutter.

If it’s the other way around, buy a new pipe with the appropriate length. You can also replace it if the pipe is too rusty.

This step is crucial for screw-on faucets. It’s time to wrap the plumper’s tape around the pipe’s mouth. Do it twice or thrice for a secure fit.

Step 4: Attaching the New Faucet

The new faucet should be the same length and style as the former. Don’t mix up the faucets otherwise, it’ll just be a waste of resources.

Screw-on’s are easy to attach. Just rotate it clockwise after fitting it on the pipe. You’ll feel it tightening. Finally, use your wrench to turn it one last time.

Slip-on’s are another story. First, fit the faucet over the pipe. Insert the set screw in its rightful place. Now, screw it in using your Allen wrench. Stop once you aren’t able to turn the screw anymore.

To seal in the faucet, put some silicone caulking in the gaps. This’ll ensure that it stays in place.

That’s it, your new faucet has been installed.

Extra Tips for Removing Your Faucet

  • After turning off the main water supply, open your faucet once more. You’ll see that it’ll start pouring water. Close it once the faucet runs empty.
  •  You can’t always notice a set screw. In that case, just a flashlight to search for it.
  • In case you’re short of a wrench, use to screwdriver as a lever. Insert the screwdriver in the spout to turn it around. And the faucet loosens up.
  • Another hack for a short pipe is attaching an adapter. It’ll help in making the pipe longer so you can install your faucet.
  • Place a rag over the tub drain to place the set screw. So that it doesn’t fall in.

These were a few additional tips to consider when placing your faucet. Now, don’t worry your faucet won’t start leaking water all over your tub.

And even if it does, you’ll be prepared with a new bathtub tray and faucet.


Question: How do you remove a bathtub faucet without screws?

Answer: In case your faucet came without screws, it might be a threaded faucet. So, you’ll have to twist in counterclockwise turns. Finally, you’ll be able to remove it.

Question: Can you use wd40 on faucet?

Answer: Yes, you can. Just spray WD40 on the faucet and unscrew it. The lubricant will help loosen the screws, so they can slip off.

Question: How do you remove a stuck tub faucet handle?

Answer: Wrap the faucet with a rag and pull it a little. Hammer it lightly a few times, then try forcing it off. To ensure it slips off the valve easily, use a few drops of lubricant. Or go for penetrating oil. One last tap with the hammer. And it’ll come off.

Final Words

Has your leaking faucet nightmare ended? Since you now know how to remove bathtub faucet. We hope it’ll be a distant memory.

In case, you have additional queries, feel free to comment below. 

For now, we’ll leave you to it. Don’t forget to let us know if our guide worked for you.

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