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While you will never install the kitchen faucet and leave it to be loose, it will eventually become looser as time goes on. At first, you will notice this, but many people might lack some of the essential skill required to ensure the faucet is tightened once again.
By ignoring the problem, things are bound to get worse, and you might end up with leaks and even a broken faucet spraying water all over the place.
To help you fix this problem, we have set up a systematic guide that should enable you to fix your loose kitchen faucet. , and you will only need a couple of necessary tools to help you fix it. That being said, let’s see how to quickly fix a kitchen faucet that has become loose over time and how to save it:
Tools You Need to Fix Loose Kitchen Faucet
- Hex Head Wrench
- Masking Tape
- Flathead screwdriver
- Flashing or good lighting source
- Adjustable wrench
- Basin wrench
4 Simple Steps to Fix Your Loose Kitchen Faucet Handle
1. Gain access to the supply valves
First, you will need to reach underneath the sink and remove anything that might be in your way. This should provide you with a clear and direct path to the supply valves and keep any obstructions out of the way. You will need to turn these valves in a clockwise direction as this will stop the water flow from reaching the faucet and enable you to work without a watery mess.
2. Examine the handles
Once you have found the setscrew with a recessed hex head or decorative caps, you can either snap them off or use the correct sized hex wrench to turn the setscrews clockwise. This will tighten the handle to ensure that you don’t have any loose handles to deal with.
If you don’t find the setscrew, you can apply masking tape and life the decorative caps with the flathead screwdriver. After these have been lifted, you should be able to find the setscrew and tighten them accordingly.
3. Put everything back in place
Once everything has been tightened, you can only replace the caps or the other accessories that have been removed. This will make the faucet look as if you have never touched it and with a little bit of wiping, everything will be looking as good as new.
4. Turn on the valves
Now you can turn back on the taps to see if everything is working one again and you will notice the difference in how the faucet handle it working if you still think it is a little loose, you can easily repeat all of the steps.
The Faucet Base
The faucet base is a little easier to tighten, and you will need some access to the basin underneath the sink. With the flashlight, you can gain access to the valves, and once again, you should turn them off to stop the water supply. With the flashlight, you now need to look for the nuts holding the base of the faucet to the sink.
For this, you will need a basin wrench, and these wrenches are easy to find. Once you have the right wrench, you need to turn the nuts in a clockwise direction as to tighten them. This should ensure that everything is in place and you won’t need to worry about bad leakages occurring in the future.
After you have everything tightened, you can turn the water supply valves back on and test your faucet. This should be a great way to see if everything has been done as it should be done. If you still notice the base to be loose, you should repeat these steps to see if you might have missed anything or if the nuts might have some problems.
You may want to watch the video below on how to fix your loose kitchen faucet.
Nothing can be more frustrating than having to deal with a loose kitchen faucet. As we have mentioned, this could also lead to future problems, and you may also have issues with leakages when it comes to your water supply. With these simple steps, you can fix both your faucet handles and your base, and this should keep you going for the next couple of years.