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9 Easy Steps How to Replace a Two Handle Bathtub Faucet?

Bathtub faucets are an essential part of any bathroom. They allow us to control the flow of water into our bathtub, and they also add a touch of style to the room. However, like all fixtures in our homes, bathtub faucets can wear out over time.

If your two-handle bathtub faucet is starting to leak or is no longer functioning properly, it may be time to replace it. Replacing a two-handle bathtub faucet is not a difficult task, and with the right tools and instructions, anyone can do it. In this blog post, we will walk you through 9 easy steps on how to replace a two-handle bathtub faucet.

9 Easy Steps How to Replace a Two Handle Bathtub Faucet

Tools and Materials

Before you begin, you will need to gather the necessary tools and materials. Here is a list of what you will need:

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Turn off the water supply to the bathtub by turning the valves located under the sink or behind the bathtub.
  2. Use an adjustable wrench to remove the handles from the faucet.
  3. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the faucet in place.
  4. Carefully remove the faucet from the bathtub.
  5. Clean the area where the faucet was located, using a cloth or sponge.
  6. Wrap Teflon tape around the threads of the new faucet.
  7. Carefully position the new faucet into place and secure it with the screws.
  8. Reattach the handles to the new faucet.
  9. Turn the water supply back on and test the new faucet for leaks.


  • Make sure you have all the necessary tools and materials before you begin.
  • Take note of the position of the old faucet before removing it, so you can place the new one in the same position.
  • Use plumbers tape to prevent leakage on threads of the faucet.
  • Take a picture or make a sketch of the faucet before removing it in case you need to refer to it later.

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Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ):

How do you replace a single-handle bathtub faucet?

A complete guide I have written in this guide. You can download it as a PDF.

How do you remove a two-handle shower faucet?

I replaced the cartridge in my American Standard bath/shower lever with a new Moen cartridge. I feel pretty good about it, except that now the handles stick out about 1/4 to 1/2 inch past the tub knobs, and they look funny since the rest of the older style handle is recessed into the wall. Be aware of the small parts of the unit not to lose those.

Can you replace a two-handle faucet with a one-handle faucet?

Yes. A one-handle faucet is easier to install than a two-handled faucet. The first step in replacing a two-handle faucet with a one-handle faucet is to shut off the main water supply. Move the top or bottom spout of the old faucet so that it does not get in the way when you are working. Wear rubber gloves and old clothes when handling the faucet parts.

How do you replace an old bathtub faucet?

If your bathtub faucet is corroded or leaking and needs to be replaced, you can do it yourself. Bathtub faucets are attached to the wall with a mounting plate that features three screws on one side that hold it in place. When installing the new faucet set, have a helper turn on the water supply valve while you’re tightening the last screw.

How do you replace a tub faucet with no wall access?

You could cut the tub spout off where it enters the wall and attach a new tub spout to just that section of pipe. You might want to wrap some Teflon tape on the threads first to be sure the connection is water-tight. The stub of an old shower arm on which you would connect the new faucet should have threaded holes for mounting it.

How do you fix a broken bathtub faucet?

First, check to see if the hot and cold handles are turned off. The faucet should have a “hot” handle and a “cold” handle that turns on the water stream. Turn them both to make sure they are not in an off position. If you’ve tried this, it’s time to get out your tools and do some fun plumbing!

If turning the handles doesn’t work, it is time to take some things apart. You’ll need an Allen wrench and a bucket. The Allen wrench will probably be in your go kit or toolbox. Don’t worry if you don’t have one; we’ve heard that they are inexpensive at hardware stores.

Can you replace the shower handle without replacing the valve?

The easy answer is that you can replace the handle and the valve simultaneously, so there would be no need to fix the supply lines. But we think it will look a lot better if you change only the part of the shower faucet that you’re currently unhappy with the handle.


Replacing a two-handle bathtub faucet is not a difficult task, and with the right tools and instructions, anyone can do it. By following the 9 easy steps outlined in this blog post, you will be able to replace your old, leaky bathtub faucet with a new one in no time.

Remember to turn off the water supply before beginning, gather all necessary tools and materials, and test the new faucet for leaks once the installation is complete. With a little bit of effort and patience, you can give your bathroom a fresh new look and improve the functionality of your bathtub.

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Natasha founded Smart Home Bath to help homeowners upgrade their living spaces and improve their daily routines.

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