Removing a bathtub faucet is just one step in many as you work to make your bathroom look as good as new. To begin, find the screw located on the underside of your faucet. Using your screwdriver, loosen the screw until you can completely remove the screw. Some faucets will allow you to twist the faucet spout in order to get easier access to this screw. If your faucet doesn’t twist, don’t force it. Simply remove the screw from its current position.
Once this screw is removed you can place your screwdriver inside the faucet head to help gain leverage as you twist the faucet head counterclockwise to loosen it. Continue twisting the faucet head until it is completely removed from the pipe protruding from the wall. If your faucet does not come off in a single piece, look for a second screw. Once you have removed that screw the rest of the faucet should be easy to remove.
If you are having any difficulty completely removing the faucet, try twisting the fixture back and forth a few times to remove any caulk or glue that may be preventing the faucet from being removed from the pipe.
Removing the bathtub faucet is a relatively easy job that almost anyone can handle. However, if you will be changing out the faucet handles at the same time, there will be more concerns about the plumbing. Depending on the new fixture, you may need to add new pipes or replace or adapt your existing pipes. This can become a complicated project in a hurry if you don’t know what you’re doing. It is very important that all pipe fittings be secured and free of leaks because once you close the wall, you won’t be able to see any signs of a leak until it is too late.
If you are concerned that the job of replacing your faucet and handles is too complicated, call a plumber in to do the job right.