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Advice needed. Idiot plumbing question. #12791775
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Attempting to unscrew the mounting bracket where the bathroom faucet is attached to the sink and some idiot monkeyed it on there so tight I can't get it off. I don't have the hand strength to turn it and there's not really space for pliers.
Ideas?

Re: Advice needed. Idiot plumbing question. [Re: Kattelyn] #12791779
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Re: Advice needed. Idiot plumbing question. [Re: Kattelyn] #12791792
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This is the old one I'm trying to remove.


Here's the new one with a better picture of the washers the idiot installer put in with a torque wrench.

Re: Advice needed. Idiot plumbing question. [Re: Kattelyn] #12791794
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Long punch and hammer might work.





Re: Advice needed. Idiot plumbing question. [Re: Kattelyn] #12791799
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About to take a dremel after the washers. They're just plastic and I'm breaking corners off trying to unscrew them.

Re: Advice needed. Idiot plumbing question. [Re: Kattelyn] #12791802
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Big channel locks, there's enough room to get a bite. Lefty loosey.

Re: Advice needed. Idiot plumbing question. [Re: rj74955] #12791811
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Originally Posted By: rj74955
Big channel locks, there's enough room to get a bite. Lefty loosey.


If you can’t get it then your best bet is to cut a slit into the nut and it should unscrew from there.

Re: Advice needed. Idiot plumbing question. [Re: rj74955] #12791813
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Originally Posted By: rj74955
Big channel locks, there's enough room to get a bite. Lefty loosey.


I might add some penetrating oil and a hammer. That's a PITA and cramped as can be I'm sure.


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Re: Advice needed. Idiot plumbing question. [Re: Kattelyn] #12791821
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WD-40 on the threaded pipes, let sit for a few minutes. Vise grips on the washer/nut

Re: Advice needed. Idiot plumbing question. [Re: Kattelyn] #12791831
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faucet wrench ---Harbor freight

Re: Advice needed. Idiot plumbing question. [Re: Kattelyn] #12791833
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Do not try to stick your head in the pipe

Re: Advice needed. Idiot plumbing question. [Re: Kattelyn] #12791835
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Now that I've banged the #@$% out of my knuckles and squished my fingers and broken two nails into the quick, got mad and went to get the dremel.

And that's neatly tucked away on the on the top shelf in the garage where even on my tiptoes on the top rung of my kitchen ladder, I can barely reach.

I got one off, but the other one won't budge no matter how much blood and colorful language gets hurled at it.

f*&^ it. He can get the dadgum dremel down when he gets home.

Now to do the other one.

Re: Advice needed. Idiot plumbing question. [Re: Kattelyn] #12791842
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You can get a faucet wrench at Lowes.



Re: Advice needed. Idiot plumbing question. [Re: Kattelyn] #12791844
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Now you tell me that.

Re: Advice needed. Idiot plumbing question. [Re: opus] #12791846
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faucet wrench ---Harbor freight


This.




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Re: Advice needed. Idiot plumbing question. [Re: rj74955] #12791855
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Originally Posted By: rj74955
Big channel locks, there's enough room to get a bite. Lefty loosey.

I been through this a few times and this is the tool that has always worked for me.


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Re: Advice needed. Idiot plumbing question. [Re: Kattelyn] #12791860
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Fill the sink up with ice water. It will make the pipe contract a little, maybe just enough to make the plastic nut easier to get off. If that doesn’t work, you can always just soak your injured finger in it.


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Re: Advice needed. Idiot plumbing question. [Re: Kattelyn] #12791879
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Big channel locks and go in vertically on em. Worked for me on mine.

Also watch the valves, they can get iffy if you start messing with them and they are old.


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Re: Advice needed. Idiot plumbing question. [Re: Kattelyn] #12791885
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was there any plumbers crack involved in this task?

Re: Advice needed. Idiot plumbing question. [Re: Kattelyn] #12791887
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A basin wrench makes easy work of those.



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A basin wrench makes easy work of those.
Thank You


Re: Advice needed. Idiot plumbing question. [Re: Kattelyn] #12791902
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If you cant get any kind of pliers/vice grips on it,take a long flathead screwdriver,sharpen the blade on your bench grinder,place it on the plastic nut and start tapping on the screwdriver in a counter clockwise direction.The sharpened blade will cut its own groove in the nut. Be patient,keep tapping,it will turn.

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Proof I'm not a complete idiot. The other faucet. Removed, in the process of cleaning the sink, and going to be replaced. Yes, before we have any more stupid questions, I do have plumbers putty.

I would really love to meet the gorilla that monkeyed on that one washer. Something along the lines "You put the ________ thing on there. Now take it off."

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So the ice water worked?


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Cooling down the sink isn't going to do anything for the attaching washer that is screwed onto the hot water pipe. This is two different sinks in the house.

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Originally Posted By: Kattelyn
Cooling down the sink isn't going to do anything for the attaching washer that is screwed onto the hot water pipe. This is two different sinks in the house.


It would have practically fallen off if you had tried it. Now I feel silly for trying to help.

Muh feelings.

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I liked the Dremel idea personally.

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[quote=Scagnetti]I thought about being a plumber once but I just couldn’t take the plunge

Too bad you didn't because a flush sure beats a full house.

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I thought about being a plumber once but I just couldn’t take the plunge

Too bad you didn't because a flush sure beats a full house.

Almost did it, all cisterns were go




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Done. Just needed the proper offering of curse words.

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Sorry I didnt see this earlier. Theres actually a really simple trick for this.

Get you a household vacuum cleaner extention pipe and cut 4 slots in it at 90 degree angles. Make the slots about 1/2 inch long. Then you can stick that up in the small space and it's like a really long handle that apply equal pressure to each tab on the faucet retainer nut. Then you can get your channel locks or what ever pliers and twist away. Not that you will do that again but has saved me many busted knuckles and curse words over the years.




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That I can merrily do. But I don’t expect to be doing this again here.

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Split the plastic nut with a chisel,.....


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Sorry I didnt see this earlier. Theres actually a really simple trick for this.

Get you a household vacuum cleaner extention pipe and cut 4 slots in it at 90 degree angles. Make the slots about 1/2 inch long. Then you can stick that up in the small space and it's like a really long handle that apply equal pressure to each tab on the faucet retainer nut. Then you can get your channel locks or what ever pliers and twist away. Not that you will do that again but has saved me many busted knuckles and curse words over the years.




That's a 3" diameter pipe , must be for huge nuts !!!


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