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How to Adjust Faucet Handle Stops: A Step-by-Step Guide

When the faucet doesn’t function properly, it might cause a lot of trouble. It occurs mainly as a result of the handle stop’s misalignment. Perhaps you didn’t correctly install the faucet handle. As a result, the handle could be spinning, turning too much, too little, or even in the wrong direction.

The day can become too much to bear because of this headache. Knowing how to adjust faucet handle stops is so crucial.

To adjust your faucet handle stop, you must first switch off the water supply. Next, you should correctly disconnect the handle stop and the set crew to identify the cartridge.  This time, you should swap it out and properly reattach all the components. However, if the cartridge is in good condition, sometimes replacing the set screw will work.

This article will discuss how to adjust the faucet handle stops and any faucet leaks.  Additionally, you will learn how to adjust the single-handle and the double-handle faucet stops.

How to Adjust the Faucet Handle Stops: The Primary Method

Tools Required

  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • a fresh set screw
  • fresh O-ring.

Methods to Follow

Let’s say the faucet handle is becoming shaky or loose. The loose set screw is the cause of what happens. The set screw typically holds the handle to the stem. 

You will need a screwdriver if this occurs. After that, use it to tighten the set screw. If tightening doesn’t work, you might try replacing the set screw.

Take the handle off if the set screw is stripped. Next, use a new set screw to replace the old one. To do this, you should take off the cap placed on top of the handle. There is a tiny Allen screw there. To remove the screw, use a wrench. Next, pull the handle away from the stem. Replace the original set screw after that.

The new set screw must match the old one’s size and thread. Put the new set screw in the proper location now and tighten it until you can feel it against the stem. Replace the handle once more, then screw on the cap.

If everything is fine, check the faucet cartridge. It should be replaced with a new one if it’s broken. With the proper handle stops, you can use the faucet again. 

You might need to replace the O-ring if the handle is too tight, even after adjusting the set screw.

How to Adjust Single Handle/Lever Faucet Stops

Tools Required


Allen key

Allen wrench

Method to Follow

If your home has a single-handle faucet, you may experience leaks or challenges operating it correctly. To sort out any of these challenges, you can follow these methods :

Before you begin adjusting the faucet handle stops, first turn off the water supply to the faucet. The best course of action is to shut off the house’s primary water supply. After that, you can take the faucet’s handle off.

Find the set screw’s location on the faucet handle now. This set screw typically hides behind a little cover on the handle’s back. It regulates the faucet’s water flow. By removing the tiny Allen screw on the cap using an Allen wrench, you can remove the cap.

Make sure the tiny spring inside that cap is not lost. To begin, utilize an Allen key or flathead screwdriver to loosen the set screw. Once the set screw is loosened, you can proceed to adjust the stop. After making the necessary adjustments, reinstall the cap and handle. If required, you may also need to replace the faucet cartridge.

After adjusting the handle, you can run the water to see if everything is working correctly.

Note: If you intend to decrease the water pressure, you should turn the set screw counter-clockwise. Turning the set screw clockwise will increase the water pressure

How to adjust Double-Handle Faucet Stops

Tools Required:

  • Screwdriver
  • Allen key
  • Allen wrench

Method to Follow

 If you have leaking double-handle faucets in your home, you can adjust them. The tools listed above will make the task easy. Below are the steps that should be followed to complete the job.

Start by shutting off the water supply to the faucet as a first step. You can do this by turning off the valves under the sink.  If not, you can turn off the house’s primary water supply.

The faucet’s two handles should then be removed. To do this, you must remove the set screws keeping the handles in place. 

The set screws are similarly located beneath the tiny cover on the rear of each handle. Remove all of the little screws from the caps using the Allen wrench.

To remove the set screws, use an Allen key or screwdriver. Then gradually swap them out for new ones. You can also replace the caps if the caps are the primary offenders. If you locate any damaged cartridges, you might also need to replace them. Start the water supply and check the faucet to see how it works.

Note: You can tighten the stems by turning them clockwise if you want to adjust them. Alternatively, you can loosen them by rotating them in the opposite direction. Screw the handles back into the stem after making any necessary adjustments.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can a Faucet Handle That Turns Too Far be Fixed?

If the faucet handle is loose, use a Phillips screwdriver to tighten the screw until it is secure. The screw should not be overtightened as this could result in stripping or breaking.

Why Doesn’t Your faucet Stop Running When You Turn it Off?

If, after turning off the faucet, the water still runs, make sure the handle is all the way closed. You might only need to adjust the handle on your kitchen faucet to make the problem go away. Try turning the faucet further after making sure it is closed.

Why Does the Handle on Your Faucet Turn All the Way Around?

This frequently happens due to cartridge or faucet stem wear and tear. The handle and cartridge are connected, and the two work together to regulate the water flow. The handle will feel flimsy or spin on the end when the stem is stripped.