I have the following type of faucet aerator:

faucet aerator under

I tried to "unscrew" this one, but it seems not screwed at all; it just spins. Is there any way to remove this? As it is a separate part, there must be a way to remove it. Please help.

  • When you say "it just slips", do you mean that it just spins, or that you can't get a grip on it and your tool is slipping?
    – Steven
    Commented Mar 31, 2012 at 2:38
  • @Steven it just spins. grip is not a problem, yet.
    – Chang
    Commented Mar 31, 2012 at 15:49
  • Have you tried pulling down? I'm wondering if maybe there is an outer ring
    – Steven
    Commented Mar 31, 2012 at 15:53
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    From the second photo, it looks like you need a special tool to go in those notches on either side of the aerator, unless those notches spin freely too.
    – BMitch
    Commented Mar 31, 2012 at 18:16
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    Bmitch is right. You need a spanner wrench or some narrow pointed needle nose pliers to get into those notches. Commented Apr 1, 2012 at 11:34

3 Answers 3


A bit late, but for anyone still wondering I had this problem today. I took two forks and put one prong on each into those little notches and turned counter clockwise until I felt it becoming loose. At that point, I just had to unscrew it a bit more and it came off.


You need a DANCO key or a pair of forks.

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  • Hello, and welcome to Home Improvement. Thanks for the answer; keep 'em coming! Commented Jun 13, 2019 at 11:26

Wrap a rag around it and grab it with a pair of pliers. The rag will protect the finish. If you can't get a good enough grip on it, just use the pliers then buy a new aerator. If you mean that it keeps turning in the thread, then the threads are stripped and it's time for a new faucet.

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    this one has an internal threaded cartridge, outside spins. Commented Apr 1, 2012 at 19:54

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