kitchen faucet broken resized 600So you are replacing your kitchen faucet, but you can’t get the old faucet off. What can you do?

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If you have tried the normal tools…various wrenches and the like, it’s time to get serious. It is usually one of two issues: either you can’t reach the nuts well enough to exert force on them, or the nuts are stuck and they won’t budge.

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If you can’t get access to the nuts, use a basin wrench. It is an “L” shaped wrench with jaws on the long side. The only issue is that it doesn’t allow you to get much leverage on the nut. You may be able to position the basin wrench with the handle facing the cabinet doors and then place a short length of iron pipe over the handle to get more leverage. It is awkward because you will have to keep the jaws engaged while moving the pipe with the other.

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If you simply can’t get the nuts to budge, you can try a nut splitter or a power tool. A nut splitter is just what is sounds like…keep turning the handle until the nut splits. But, you may not be able to get the tool up there.

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You can also try a dremel tool with a small cutting wheel on it. You probably won’t be able to cut through the entire nut, but maybe you can damage it enough where it will finally move. You can also use a reciprocating saw with a metal cutting blade. You have to be careful here and don’t let it shake and vibrate so much that it damages the surrounding area.

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You really don’t care about damaging the faucet or nuts because you are replacing them anyway. Just don’t damage the sink or countertop.

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