Basin wrenches are plumbing instruments designed to remove nuts under sink basins or hard-to-reach spots. Nuts that connect the faucet to the sink are hard to reach and are, therefore, hard to remove. While other types of wrenches do not work on these types of nuts, basin wrenches can do the job easily.
This type of wrench can have either an adjustable self-tightening jaw or a fixed jaw that cannot be adjusted. This jaw is attached to the end of a torque tube that has a long handle. The long handle is intended to allow the user to reach hard-to-reach nuts under the sink. Since sinks usually are fastened to the faucet in deep recesses, loosening a nut may prove to be a difficult task when working with other types of wrenches. However, a basin wrench can reach a nut in such areas easily. It can grasp the nut and allow the user to either tighten it or loosen it. Below are three types of basin wrenches.
Fixed Basin Wrenches
Fixed basin wrenches have a fixed jaw that can only be used for certain types of nuts. It has two open-ended sockets. These sockets typically have a size of 22 mm and 15 mm. Fixed basin wrenches can be useful when you are working with uniformly-sized nuts frequently. These wrenches can also be purchased as a set with different sizes that can fit different types of nuts.
Adjustable Basin Wrenches
Some basin wrenches are also designed to be adjustable. Adjustable basin wrenches can fit any size of nut. These wrenches have heads that tighten automatically as they wrap around nuts of different sizes. The main advantage of this type of basin wrench is its flexibility to adjust to any type of nut or coupling, making it a more preferred choice for consumers. In addition, it also saves money since you only need to buy one as compared to a set.
Adjustable basin wrenches are designed to have a head on one end that can be tilted up to 90 degrees. This allows the head to work on a nut in a vertical position while the handle is held in a horizontal position. There are two metal jaws on the head of the wrench. It is connected to the shaft by a spring-loaded hinge that allows it to grip all types of nuts with different sizes. For increased leverage, some models allow a bar to be added to the other end of the shaft. This proves useful for nuts that are situated in deeper crevices
When working with nuts, you can use both types of wrenches in order to have a working set that can fit any nut type or size. The cost of each individual basin wrench depends on the model and the manufacturer.
The Plastic Nut Basin Wrench
This type of wrench is a variation of the tool and is still called a basin wrench. This tool is used to remove or replace huge plastic mounting nuts used to secure faucets in place. This tool is actually a cylinder that has notches on one end designed to grab and turn plastic mounting nuts.