Problem replacing faucet


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Old 08-17-04, 06:36 PM
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As usual, a simple lavatory faucet replacement turns out to be not so simple!
Today I was trying to remove my old bathroom sink faucet and the two large retaining nuts holding the faucet in place wouldn't budge. I tried penetrating oil to no avail. I then went to HW store and got a basin wrench. That didn't loosen them up at all. How do I get these blasted nuts off so I can proceed with my "easy installation".

The retaining nuts look like they have dried out plumbers putty under them, oozing out a little? Right on top of the nuts are round metallic looking things, like giant washers.

I figure this sink is about 30 years old.

Help! and Thank You! Now I'm going to patch up my bruised knuckles!!!
 
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Old 08-17-04, 06:48 PM
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When all else fails, use a hacksaw blade to cut them.
Good Luck!
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Old 08-17-04, 06:56 PM
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Sears has a set of wrenches which are the ends of open end wrenches punched to fit 3/8's drive. With a 12" extension and a rachet.....oh yeh, a pillow.
 
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Old 08-18-04, 08:01 AM
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Mike: I don't think I can get a hacksaw into the narrow recess where the retaining nuts are.

I keep wondering if there is a way to loosen the retaining nuts somehow.

I wonder what a plumber would do in this situation?
 
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Old 08-19-04, 06:00 AM
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snoonyb may have the best solution for you then (above). Get a set of socket tools to remove them.
Old faucets with rusted and corroded retaining nuts can be a bear to remove. Soak them down with solvent.
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