loose faucet handleFaucet handles come in all different styles. When a handle becomes a little loose or wobbly, you have to figure out which method is used to secure the handle to the faucet. It’s not difficult at all.

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Many plastic handles use a single screw to hold the handle to the faucet (it’s actually screwed into the top of the stem). This style can be found in either the single or double handled faucets. Use a small standard screwdriver and lift off the plastic cap on top of the handle and tighten the screw. Then snap the cap back into place.

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Metal handles often use a set screw that is hidden at the bottom of the handle. For aesthetics, it is usually placed at the rear of the handle. Look for a small round opening at the base of the handle in the rear. Use a small allen wrench to tighten the set screw. These openings are very small, and so you will likely have to try a few allen wrenches before you get the one that fits into the top of the set screw. It is a matter of “feel” because you won’t be able to see inside the small opening.

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Finally, some handles screw down onto the faucet. The handle will be connected to a round base which screws onto the faucet. Moen Monticello uses this style.

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