How to Remove Your Shower Knobs

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  • 2-3 hours
  • Beginner
  • 10-80
What You'll Need
Philips head screwdriver
Flathead screwdriver
Shower handle puller
Internal pipe wrench

If you've ever tried to repair or replace your shower knobs, you know that removing them isn't always a simple process. If you are having difficulty removing your shower knobs, read the following guide to see what solutions are available to you.

Step 1 - Preparation

Turn off your water. This is a must, both for this project and for any project involving plumbing. Be sure that all of your tools are within reach, but not in the way. If you are planning on performing maintenance on your knobs, and then reattaching them to your bathroom fixtures, be sure that the shower will be vacant for the amount of time the maintenance will take. If you are planning on replacing the knobs, be sure that your new knobs are purchased and ready to install.

Step 2 - Try the Simple Method

The intuitive method for removing shower knobs does not always work; however, it is always helpful to give it a try (or another try) before moving onto other means using other kinds of equipment. The simple, intuitive method requires only your 2 screwdrivers. You will locate the screws on your shower knobs. They may be in plain sight, or hidden under decorative covers. Locate and expose the screws, and then use your Philips head screwdriver to remove the screws. Once you have removed the screws, you should be able to pull off your shower knob. Be sure to pull the knob towards yourself to remove it.

Step 3 - Using Other Tools

If the intuitive method does not work, you may require more specialized equipment and a more refined technique. A handle puller will likely do the trick for a screw that refuses to budge. Handle pullers have two "arms" and a screw in the center. The arms sit behind the shower knob, and the screw in the middle is pushed against the screw in the middle of your knob. You turn the screw of the handle puller, and it slowly removes the screw from your shower knob.

If you run into problems where components of the knob are beyond the reach of normal wrenches or screwdrivers, an internal pipe wrench is most likely the solution to your problem. Internal pipe wrenches are designed to maneuver in small spaces, and are turned via a crossbar that you hold well away from the constrictive wall.

Using these slightly more specialized tools, you should be able to remove your shower knobs without too much trouble. If you still have problems, don't be afraid to hire or consult a professional. Although it will certainly cost much more than fixing the problem yourself, if you observe the technician closely, and ask the right questions, you will gain knowledge that you can use to more successfully perform maintenance on your home in the future.