Install faucet with deep sink

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Old 02-28-14, 04:22 PM
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Install faucet with deep sink

I had my countertops installed and hooked up the lines for my faucet. The problem is the sink is an undermount and is very deep. I have long relatively skinny arms, but I have been unable to screw the collar on under the counter to hold the faucet in place. I can reach the bottom of the threaded faucet, but to get the collar lined up and turn it- no luck.

Between snaking my arm between pipes and the distance, I haven't been able to do it in many, many tries.

If I remove some of the drain pipe, it might give me a little more room. I hate to do that though as I did have a plumber do that and hate to fool with it. I also don't think that is really the problem.

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Remove the drain pipe.
 
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Old 02-28-14, 04:38 PM
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What brand and make of faucet do you have so we can do some research for you.
 
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Old 03-01-14, 06:27 AM
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Not and uncommon problem. Imagination must come in play. A couple of ideas...Do you have a kid available who can get his or her arms up there? Use a hollow tube with some sticky stuff to hole the nut and with patience try starting the nut on to thread. A sink wrench might help.
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One trick I've used is to make a custom wrench out of a piece of PVC pipe. Before mounting the faucet I found a piece of PVC that fit over the threaded neck of the faucet then cut notches in one end to mate with the raised blades of the plastic faucet mounting nut. Then have someone hold the faucet in place above. Go underneath and use the "pipe" wrench to turn the nut. For the last bit of tightening I grabbed the pipe wrench with a large pair of channel lock pliers but I think you could drill a cross hole in one end and insert a rod or screw driver for more leverage.
 
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Old 03-01-14, 07:04 AM
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Pilot Dane,

Great idea. Then you lable that pipe you made and store in the sink that it was used on.
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Old 03-01-14, 07:09 AM
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If you can get it started use a basin wrench...

 
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One trick I've used is to make a custom wrench out of a piece of PVC pipe. Before mounting the faucet I found a piece of PVC that fit over the threaded neck of the faucet then cut notches in one end to mate with the raised blades of the plastic faucet mounting nut. Then have someone hold the faucet in place above. Go underneath and use the "pipe" wrench to turn the nut. For the last bit of tightening I grabbed the pipe wrench with a large pair of channel lock pliers but I think you could drill a cross hole in one end and insert a rod or screw driver for more leverage.
The collar has a notch out for the water line hookups. I may have to remove the water lines. I was trying a few things similar to you. I tried a pair of kitchen tongs wrapped with tape to hold the collar. I tried using 2 small clamps to gain a few extra inches. Vise grips were too big to turn in the space.

I like the pvc idea. I would need to unhook the water lines to feed them through the pvc, but I guess that isn't a big deal.
 
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Yes, the water lines go down through the center of the pipe.
 
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