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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The faucet assembly and control knobs are on opposite corners of the tub, and there is no access to the corner with the control knobs other than from the top. So I would like to replace without making any changes to plumbing under the tub. It is currently brass, but would like to replace with chrome or some other silver like color. Are there compatible replacements?
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Hi WLK,

Thank you for your question! The T2710 trim is available in Chrome and should work with your existing valve. Any other T27 trim kit that we currently make should also fit, however the spout on other models will not completely cover the hole for the ant-swivel pin.

http://www.deltafaucet.com/bath/det...

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I too am replacing my Delta roman tub faucet and handles. I wanted to go with Windmere rubbed bronze, because my sinks now have Windmere, but now I am not sure if there is a better option. The old roman tub faucet had a pin coming from the bottom to fit in a hole that is in the top of the tub which holds it in place and keeps it from wobbling. The hole is near the main water hole, but separate from it. The Windmere garden tub faucet is not wide enough at the base to cover this small hole. Also, the plumber tried to replace the clear Delta globe crystal faucet handles, but the Windmere handles do not sit low enough on the stem. They leave a gap below the handle pieces and above the trim that sits on the tub, and the plumber said the only way to fix that is to go in through the tile surround and bring down the stem. We have an entry door under our vanity to the tub motor, but he said it would not give him access to under the faucet handles. 1. Is there a better choice for us in a roman tub faucet that is oil rubbed bronze? (one that has a wider base?) 2. Does Delta sell the the Windmere Roman tub faucet handles separately? 3. Is there a way or a oil rubbed bronze handle that would fit flush over our existing handle stems so that we would not have to take apart the tile surround? Also, I am good with the oil rubbed bronze spray paint, but I don't want to spray paint the existing crystal globe handles. I would rather get some sort of lever handles and spray paint them, as long as they do not require demolition of our tile. Please answer each question. Thank you!
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Cary, NC, USA
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Hi Trina,

Unfortunately, we do not manufacture an Oil Rubbed Bronze tub trim that will cover the hole for the anti-swivel pin.

The handles for this model are sold separately, part number RP62150OB. These handles should fit on an existing Delta Roman Tub valve with a slight gap between the handle and the base. Unfortunately, if the gap is too large, there is no other way to bring the handle closer to the base than by lowering the valve body, if possible.

http://www.deltafaucet.com/repairpa...

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Hi Hank, Thank you for your question. Use the palm of your hand to unscrew the disc portion on the top of the handle. Once the disc is removed you will have access to the screw that holds the handle in place.
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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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