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Handles

Can I change my single-handle knob faucet to a lever?

Single-handle lavatory and tub/shower models can be converted from a clear or smoked knob handle to a lever handle. However, the "action" of a lever handle differs from a knob handle so you also need a different ball valve (RP20111) in your faucet for the lever handle to operate properly.

A single-handle faucet converted from knob handle to lever handle will operate slightly differently from an "original equipped" lever model.

Can I change the handles on my two-handle faucet?

Yes. Delta® two-handle kitchen, lavatory and tub/shower models can be fitted with a wide variety of handle styles to suit your tastes. Changing Delta faucet handles is simple and takes less than five minutes.

If you are changing from lever handles to knob or porcelain cross handles, you will need to re-orient the right (cold) handle stem stop so the stem stop faces inward.

If you are changing from knob or porcelain cross handles to lever handles, you will need to re-orient the right (cold) handle stem stop so the stem stop faces outward (both left and right handle stem stops should orient to the right).

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

No, the faucet handles fit the same stem assembly, but are not compatible with the rest of the trim.

Which handles will fit on my faucet?

Delta faucets are designed to accommodate the majority of Delta handles. In most cases handle styles are available in different sizes depending on the application of the faucet. For example, tub/shower handles tend to be larger than lavatory handles.

To locate a local source for Delta handles, visit your licensed professional plumbing contractor or Delta showroom. You can also e-mail us or call 1-800-345-DELTA (3358).

Why do my handles work backward on my two-handle faucet?

On a Delta two-handle kitchen or lavatory faucet, if the handles rotate in the wrong direction, simply rotate the right stem stop assembly 180 degrees. This will change the rotation of the faucet handle to the other direction.

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What are my options to update the trims below?

I am trying to update 2 shower/tub combinations and 1 shower faucet. I am looking for brushed nickel look, without having to change out the valve (cutting into walls). I attached a picture of the handle/cartridge.
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Hi Stephan, Thank you for your question. The pictured faucet is a 1700 series faucet. You can switch out your trim to our current Monitor 17 series trims in our (SS) brilliance stainless finish. Our SS finish is a brushed finish comparable to other brands brushed nickel.
http://www.deltafaucet.com/bath/tub...
The new trims will ship with a new cartridge, this new cartridge will not fit your existing rough in valve. You will have to continue to use the existing cartridges or order a new RP32104.
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we have a dawson 25720lf faucet handle is loose how to fix thnks

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Hi None, Thank you for your question. If the entire handle assembly is loose on the faucet it can be tightened by turning the round handle base in a clockwise direction. If only the lever portion is loose you will want to remove the entire handle assembly from the faucet by unscrewing in a counter-clockwise direction. You will then have access to tighten the screw that holds the lever portion to the handle base from the underside.
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Faucet is at least 20+ years old. I see different ball # 's at store, how do I know which to use? How do I take off handle to get to ball? Is there a video providing me directions? As you can see in the pictures, I have taken off backplate. Thank you for your assistance.
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Hi Teresa, Thank you for your question. Pictured is a 600 series faucet that with a lever handle should use the RP70 ball assembly. If you are changing the ball assembly you will also want to change the RP4993 seats and springs that are located directly behind the ball assembly in the valve body.
Here is a link to our Replacing seats and springs in a faucet video.
http://www.deltafaucet.com/shopping...
Although this video is for a lavatory faucet, the process wil be the same with your tub/shower faucet. The only difference is the handle. You will need to loosen the set screw on the bottom side of your handle with a 1/8" allen wrench to be able to remove the handle.
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I have an old Delta ball valve - can it be upgraded?

The old [probably about 20 years old, so no model #] shower valve seems to allow temperature fluctuations when showering when a sink is turned on or a toilet is flushed. We have all new Delta fixtures in the rest of the house following a remodel, and they have no such issue. We hear that the old valve may not have a mixing chamber - but have no idea if that is accurate or the issue. Is there a way to upgrade the existing valve with an insert that will eliminate or minimize the issue, or will we need to replace the entire valve, or is there no truth to what we are hearing and that the temp fluctuation have nothing to do with the valve?
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Hi Mark, Thank you for your question. The 600 series faucets that use the ball assembly made prior to 2001 were not a pressure balanced faucet that would prevent temperature fluctuations.
There is no retrofit kit available that would add this feature to an existing faucet. You would probably be best served switching out the entire faucet including the rough in valve to a new model. All of our current tub/shower faucets will prevent the temperature fluctuations.
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Hi David, Thank you for your question. The only trim pieces available to fit on the pictured faucet are the same ones on your existing faucet. The only finish available is chrome. The escutcheons are RP6150, the sleeve assembly is RP6177, and the handles are the H41.
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How to fix loose handles on Windemere 2 handle bn lav

I purchased this bathroom sink faucet. After installing it I found that the cold and hot handles work but are loose. I have Delta faucets throughout my house and none of them have loose handles.
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Hi Paul, Thank you for your question. The handles on the Windemere lav faucet are held in place by a screw that is located under the H an C buttons on top of the handles. Pry off the button and tighten the screw by turning in a clockwise direction.
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Replacement faucet for model 2871

I have the chrome bath valve with porcelain cross handles in my shower.
The cross handles have come off. I have tried to glue them back on, but this is only a temporary fix, as they continue to come off.
These handles are now discontinued and I was wondering if there is a comparable faucet that I could get that would work.
I am unable to go to the hardware store and buy just any replacement faucet handles, because these handles do not have the screw in the middle.
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Hi Corrin1997, Thank you for your question. The hot and cold porcelain cross handles to the model 2871 are still available as the H27 handle kit. The H17 diverter handle is not available. The H46, and H36 metal cross handles are a possible substitute selection.
We do not have a offer a replacement 3 handle tub/shower faucet, only single handle models.
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Shower Handle Sticks ?

In order to turn on my shower, I need to pull up a small handle which redirects the water flow from the tub faucet to the shower faucet. Unfortunately this handle seizes up over time. I have sprayed WD40 on the under side of the faucet where the small blue plastic piece binds against the metal. This loosens it up for awhile but after a few more uses, it seizes up again. I don't see any way of loosening anything there that would make the handle easier to pull. What am I missing here ? ( Brand is Delta Monitor )
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Hi Milt, Thank you for your question. Over time mineral build up from the water will cause the diverter assembly in the tub spout to become increasingly more difficult to operate. Regular cleaning with a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water should help clean the diverter assembly and keep it functioning properly. The alternative is replacing the tub spout.
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what is the part number for the set screw

Hi,
can you identify the model of my faucet (see the attached picture). I believe it is of year 2000 (when the house was built). I'm looking for the set screw to tighten the handle.

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Hi Vann, Thank you for your question. The RP26865 is the set screw used on the pictured H74 A74 handle. The screw is a #10-32x.5
http://www.deltafaucet.com/repairpa...
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Brizo, venuto kitchen faucet. Do I use an allen key? to remove the nut holding the handle inplace?
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Hi Jane, Thank you for your question. A 1/8" allen wrench will remove the set screw holding the handle on the Brizo Venuto kitchen faucet.
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