Frequently Asked Questions

Faucet & Shower 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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Can I use Roman tub handles to replace my shower wall handles?

I want my shower handles to match my new shower head but have a 2-handle valve system.
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Hi Eunice, Thank you for your question. The roman tub faucet handles are too large to fit the 2 handle tub/shower faucets. The lavatory faucet handles would be the correct size.
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I have a special water heater that works best with 2 handle valve system, otherwise I would have purchased the dryden venetian bronze 1 Handle shower faucet trim kit.
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Hi Eunice, Thank you for your question. The H251RB handles from the Dryden lavatory faucet will fit on a Delta 2 handle tub/shower faucet.
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Rough in is in great shape. I want to update look, not function.
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Hi Dove, Thank you for your question. You can switch out your model 2730CB-64CB trim for a new oil rubbed bronze finish.T2738-RB is a trim that will work, but you can really choose from any of our series/styles that you like, they are all compatible with your existing rough in.
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The 2 handles on the Windemere faucet B3596LF are hard to turn.

It was just installed and the handles are stiff. How can I fix this?
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Hi Don, Thank you for your question. Check to make sure that the handles are not overtight. If not the handle stiffness should loosen over time.
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My Delta Cassidy Facuet is loose

How do you tighten the handle on the delta Cassidy kitchen fauet. A single lever type handle. Also, can I get the manuel for the faucet, I lost mine. I've had the unit about 4 months.

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Hi Mark, Thank you for your question. To remove the handle on the Cassidy faucet you will first have to remove the finish matching button that covers the set screw. This button is located on the bottom of the handle assembly when the faucet is in the off position. Once the button is removed, the set screw can be loosened and the handle will pull off. There are several different models of the Cassidy kitchen faucet. If you click on the link below you will see the available models. Click on your particular model and go to the tab titled Product support, repair parts and tech specs. This will get you to the screen that has the installation manual for your faucet.
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Can I use sink faucet handles on my roman tub?

I am replacing my old delta knobs with lever handles, but my new roman tub handles are too long and hit the tub deck wall. Can I use the shorter sink handles instead?
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Hi Dazylyn, Thank you for your question. You can use the sink handles on the roman tub faucet but they will be out of proportion to the rest of the faucet.
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Changing the trim to chrome of the shower/tub faucet

I would like to change the trim to something that is chrome/brushed nickel. Is there a model that I can switch it without replacing the valve or that won't require having to get into the pipes behind the shower?
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Hi Michelle,

Thank you for your question. We do have square escutcheon plates still available for the two handle bath faucets. The model number is RP6150. The sleeve assembly to go with that is model number RP6177.

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How do I adjust the stem higher so the set screw works?

I have a new Zella 35706LF that I installed July 2013. The handle set screws hit the stem about in the middle of set screw and the handle keeps coming loose. I finally took the plastic slide ring off the bottom of handle so set screw caught on more stem. How do I raise the stem? I have no owners manual.
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Hi DrChile, Thank you for your question. The flange underneath the handle is made to screw down onto the valve a set distance. You will want to loosen the nuts on the valve assemblies underneath the sink. Once the nuts are loosened , completely tighten the flange down on the valve from above. This should raise the entire assembly and give the handle more of the stem to grab onto. Retighten the nuts underneath and the handles should fit and operate properly. Don't forget to reinstall the glide rings. I have attached a link to the manual for your model 35706LF faucet below.
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I'm replacing the existing (15 yrs old# bath faucet w/round handles with the Windmere Roman Bath Lever-type handles. The handles point inward #towards the faucet) when in the off position. I tried flipping the stem assembly 180 degrees with no luck. Do I need to purchase the Delta Rough Tub 2707, or can I use the existing assemblies? Other than the orientation of the handles, everything seems to fit okay.
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Hi Don, Thank you for your question. To orient your handles correctly you will want the raised portion of the stem assemblies on the hot and cold sides facing to the right as in #3 in the attached picture. This should correct your problem without the need to change the rough in.
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Hi So Branch, Thank you for your question. Any T17 series trim will work on the old 1500 rough in, but the T17T thermostatic cartridge trims will not. You will also need to change out the bonnet nut to RP22734 as well as the RP32104 cartridge.
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