How to remove this kind of nut under faucet?


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Old 07-28-19, 07:20 PM
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Question How to remove this kind of nut under faucet?

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I'm trying to remove an old leaky kitchen faucet for a friend, but I've run into an issue trying to figure out how to get the retaining nuts off from under the sink. Please see attached pics.

The issue is that I'm unable to unscrew these triangular retaining "nuts" because I can't get them to rotate past either the braided water lines, or the stationary metal post that's adjacent.

I thought perhaps the threaded bolts where studs that could simply be unscrewed without having to mess with the retaining nuts, but that doesn't seem to be the case as I couldn't get them to budge.

I then though maybe the top of the faucet needed to be disassembled to get in the inside from the top, but there isn't anything to disassemble on top aside from being able to take the handle off.

Is there a special key or tool that is needed to remove these "triangular" retaining nuts?

Any other ideas beside simply taking a saw to everything underneath?

Thanks!
 
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Old 07-29-19, 01:50 PM
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I don't see anything visible to turn from the bottom.
Give us a picture of the top. There may be a snap off escutcheon plate there.
 
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Thanks for the reply PJmax, much appreciated!

Here are some pics of the faucet from the top that my friend sent me. There is no noticeable brand name anywhere. There is only one visible hole that has some sort of screw in it (first pic). We had tried to loosen it using an allen wrench, but the head was stripped already.

Do you think this is where the top is connected to the baseplate above the counter?

I'm thinking of trying to drill that screw out.

Thoughts?
 
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Update:

I was able to get the faucet uninstalled after unscrewing the little allen head screw. Turns out, I just needed one of my metric allen wrenches (as opposed to the standard size my friend had on hand).

After that, the faucet could be lifted off of the base plate which exposed the allen head bolts holding the plate to the counter. See pics.

Pays to have the right tools on hand for the job
 
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