Complete Guide To Faucet Handles

In this blog post, you’ll read:There are numerous varieties of faucet handles on the market. Here at Hofen Sanitary, we offer a wide variety of brands to choose from, so you can find the perfect match for your sink, shower, or tub.

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There are numerous varieties of faucet handles on the market. Here at Hofen Sanitary, we offer various brands to choose from so you can find the perfect match for your sink, shower, or tub.

We offer what you need, whether you want to update your handles because they are worn out, or you want to modify the aesthetic of your kitchen or bathroom. And because we offer wholesale faucet parts, you can find the best deals here.

What Kinds of Faucet Handles?

You can usually tell what type of handle a faucet is designed for by its shape. Lever handles are flat and wide, while blade handles are thin and rectangular. Cross handles have a round base with two perpendicular arms. Faucets can be single- or double-handled, though some designs are better suited for one type than the other. When choosing a faucet handle, remember the look you want and the function you need.

Lever faucet handle

Lever faucet handle
Lever faucet handle
Zinc Aloy
Blue, Red, Silver
Exterior Finish
Polish and chrome plated
Lever handle specs

Some people prefer lever handles because they are easy to use and can be operated with one hand. Blade handles are a good choice if you want a sleek, modern look for your faucet. Cross handles may be the best option if you are looking for a traditional style.

Remember that the type of handle you choose can impact the ease of turning the faucet on and off. The solution you decide on should best meet your demands.

Sizes of the handle lever handle
Sizes of the handle lever handle

Those who like Lever handles come in single and double-handled varieties and can be used with almost any faucet. A double-handled lever has a metal bar that extends from the stem at a right angle, forming a small lever. This allows the user to regulate the amount of hot and cold water by turning the left and right handles, and double lever handles are usually found on compression faucets and some cartridge faucets.

backside of the lever handle
The backside of the handle

If you’re more interested in a single lever handle, they are found on single-handle cartridge faucets, ball faucets, and disc faucets. This handle is easy to manipulate so that the user can turn the water flow on or off with a gentle pull or push. These faucets nearly always utilize a lever handle because of how they operate.

Blade faucet handle

blade faucet handle
Blade faucet handle

Brand Name: HOFEN

Exterior FinishBrass chrome
Item Weight2.91 pounds
Material chromeCopper
Model Number319-PROJECT
UNSPSC Code30181800
Blade faucet handle details

How about a blade faucet handle? They are designed similarly to lever handles but with a more tapered shape- like the flat blade of a butter knife. Some blade handles are long while others are short, similar to a lever handle but with a flat, wing-like gripping area. While they are a double-handled design, they can be seen on compression and **double-**handle ****cartridge faucets.

Cross faucet handle

cross faucet handle
Cross faucet handle
MaterialsZinc alloy
ColorChrome/white-2 pack
Exterior FinishChrome
cross faucet handle specifications

A cross faucet handle is a cross-shaped metal or porcelain piece attached to the handle stem. This allows the user to use a twisting motion to turn the handles instead of a push**/**pull or levering action. They are nearly always double-handled and seen on compression and cartridge faucets. Lastly, they come in different sizes and can be simple or ornate.

It comes down to personal preference when choosing which type of faucet handle is right for you. All of them have unique benefits that can improve your overall experience. So, any of these faucet handles could be a good option, depending on your preference.

Why need to make Replacement Faucet Handle Designs

Improving your home may be difficult, no matter how minor the job is. Even the most seasoned homemaker may give up after contemplating all the required procedures, from planning and execution to clean-up. But there’s no need to despair when it comes to replacing broken or outdated faucet handles. In reality, this inexpensive makeover can be a simple, enjoyable method to refresh the appearance of your bathroom.

How to Install Faucet Handles

Installing Universal Sink Handles from Danco, Inc.

If you’re looking to install new faucet handles, you’ve come to the right place. Depending on the model of your sink, the installation process can vary. However, we’ve compiled a few easy-to-follow instructions for some of our most popular models. Read on for more information.

Sink Inserts

sink inserts
sink inserts
  • Sink inserts can be installed by anyone who isn’t particularly handy. You only need to screw the handle insert if you have a base to place it into. It is so simple that it should only require a few minutes to finish.

Simple Twist Faucet Handles

Compared to sink inserts, it could take a little more work, but by following these instructions, you can:

  • Remove the screw embedded throughout the handle (usually in the middle on the top). It could be necessary to start by removing the temperature indicator cap.
  • Tighten or loosen the handle until it’s screwed in securely, but not too tight, or you won’t be able to turn the handle. Now you know how to install faucet handles like a pro!
  • You can have your new handles up and running quickly with a bit of time and patience.

How To Fix A Stiff Faucet Handle

DIY Stiff / Sticking Faucet Handle Repair from Colin Chilibeck

As soon as a faucet handle becomes stiff and hard to turn, it becomes a problem. If you don’t fix it, the faucet could seize up and prevent you from getting water. This is true for kitchen and bathroom faucets.

Fortunately, repairing the handle isn’t tricky. You can restore the problem faucet with a few tools, time, and willingness to fix it.

Why is the faucet handle so hard to turn?

You might find your faucet handle hard to turn for a few reasons. One common reason is mineral build-up, which can make it increasingly difficult to turn over time. But you might also have an issue with your faucet’s cartridge, which can eventually cause the handle to become hard to turn.

Whether you’re dealing with a single-handle or double-handle faucet, the fix isn’t usually too complicated. So, if you’re finding it harder and harder to turn your faucet handle, you can take some steps to fix it.

Can you use WD-40 on your faucet?


It is possible to use WD-40 on a faucet. If the handle of the tap is not moving as intended, then a small amount of WD-40 can be used to lubricate it and encourage movement. This may help to loosen the handle to make it easier to turn.

If this does not help, another potential solution would be to loosen the screw on the handle slightly. If recent work has been done on the faucet (i.e., repairing parts or attempting to find the brand), it is possible that the screw was tightened too much and is now restricting handle movement.

To get rid of any rust that has accumulated on the faucet, use WD-40. To avoid further damage, it is advisable to attempt to clear off any signs of corrosion as soon as possible.

Generally, it is always best to check the manufacturer’s instructions before using any cleaning product or lubricant on a faucet. This is because some materials may react badly with the WD-40, which could cause more harm than good.

How to loosen a stiff faucet handle?

Remove the handle
Remove the handle

If the handle on your faucet is getting harder and harder to turn, it may be time to give it some attention. While a simple accumulation of minerals or debris can occasionally cause this issue, sometimes more drastic action is needed, such as replacing the entire cartridge. Continue reading for a step-by-step guide on how to loosen a hard faucet handle.

What You’ll Need:

  • Allen wrench or a Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Pliers with a telescoping wrench
  • cartridge replacement (if necessary)
  • Towel

From time to time, all faucet handles need a bit of TLC. A stiff handle can make using your tap a real pain, whether due to a build-up of debris or minerals or simply because the handle has become worn down with age.

loose faucet handle
loose faucet handle

If your faucet handle is becoming increasingly difficult to turn, it’s time to take action. The good news is, in most cases, this is a relatively easy problem to fix. This article will show you how to loosen a stiff faucet handle in just a few simple steps.

  • It would help if you first stopped the water flow from your faucet. Usually, the shut-off valve is under the sink, but if your faucet lacks a local shut-off valve, you might also need to shut off the main water supply valve. With the water off, open the faucet to check for water flow.
  • Next, remove the screw that secures the handle in place. This screw is usually located at the bottom or side of the faucet. In rare instances, the screw may be covered in ornate hardware. If so, pop off the cover and locate the screw.
  • Once the screw is out, remove the handle using a screwdriver or an Allen wrench.
  • Some models of faucets may not have a screw, so you’ll need to unscrew the handle wheel to remove it.
  • When you have a sizable nut on the faucet valve, the n when the handle is removed should be removed with an adjustable wrench.
  • Before removing the cartridge from the faucet body, could you take note of its orientation? If necessary, take a picture of the orientation before removing it. To remove the cartridge, use pliers to grab it and pull it straight up. Some brands can need a unique device called a cartridge puller. If so, search for the brand name to identify the appropriate gadget.

And that’s it! By following these simple steps, your stiff faucet handle will loosen up in no time.

cartridge faucet
cartridge faucet

Clean up cartridge

  • For this next step, you’ll need:
  • Vinegar
  • Wire brush
  • Replacement parts (as necessary)

After removing the cartridge, check it for corrosion or rust. If so, try cleaning the faucet valve with a wire brush. White vinegar can also aid in de-rusting and assisting with sticking. Replacing the part is probably your best course of action if the damage seems to be quite substantial.

When looking for a replacement cartridge, you can bring the old one to ensure you get the right one.

Don’t forget to scrub any rust off the other faucet parts while disassembling it. Although the cartridge is often the main issue regarding hard-to-turn handles, it doesn’t hurt to give the different components a deep cleaning.

Putting it all together

You must change and reinstall each component after cleaning the cartridge or buying a new one if necessary. According to the original orientation, replace the cartridge and tighten the nut. Then, replace the faucet handle and tighten the screw that fixates it. Afterward, check the handle to see if it is moving normally. If so, you can turn on the water supply once more and continue your day.

Lever handle
Lever handle

FAQ of faucet handles

How do I change the handles on my faucet if I want a different style?

You can convert single-handle models from a clear or smoked knob handle to a lever handle. However, you will also need a different ball valve (RP20111) for the lever handle to operate properly.

Can I use Brizo or Delta Select handles on my standard Delta faucet?

I’m sorry to say no, but that’s the situation. The faucet handles are compatible with the stem assembly but not with the other trim pieces.

What do I need to know about changing handle styles on my two-handle faucet?

The right (cold) handle stem stop must be repositioned to face inward if you switch from lever handles to knob or porcelain cross handles.

Lever handles must be switched from the knob or porcelain cross handles by 180 degrees turning the right stem stop assembly. The faucet handle will now turn oppositely as a result.

Please note that handle styles may differ in size depending on the application of the faucet. For example, tub/shower handles are more significant than lavatory handles.

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