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Old 12-14-2007, 03:43 PM   #16
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Basic Chrome strainers are usually pretty cheap, cut the nut off and replace the assembly. If you insist on saving it use a pair of large channel locks and the strainer wrench to hold back.


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Old 12-14-2007, 05:12 PM   #17
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You could drill small holes in a line just into the nut.

Do this on both sides of the nut.

This will weaken the nut.

Seperate the two pieces and the nut is off.
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Old 12-15-2007, 02:26 AM   #18
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Is the part really that special that it is worth saving? The threads do look new ....cut done with it and this thread. I guess diy'ers have more time on their hands then plumbers do.
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With a gas blow torch, it's what we normally use on fittings that donít come apart easily, sometimes plumbers use plumbers mate (paste) on nuts, it hardens over time and can be very difficult to get apart, a little heat usually burns the paste making any nuts etc easier to come apart.

Hope this helps

ps, donít use a blow torch near any plastic fittings
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Old 12-15-2007, 04:58 PM   #20
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It appears that Possibly the 1st Rule in DIYing might have been broken, by the looks of things,..........

I Believe the 1st Rule of DIYing is,........
1),... It takes Tools to be a DIYer,........ If you don't Have the Right Tool,........

Go Buy 1,.............. 2 if they're On Sale.......................
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Old 12-19-2007, 01:57 AM   #21
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I wouldn't be too worried about saving that fitting, as Marlin mentioned vanity sink strainer assemblies are pretty cheap.

I think several people have given you pretty good advice on how to loosen that nut (although with respect the torch idea seemed a little out there), but to clarify about the strainer wrench:

It's just a gadget with prongs on it that you can stick into the strainer assembly from the top side so that the strainer assembly doesn't twist while you're loosening that nut. If you don't want to buy one usually you can just hold the strainer in place with some kind of pliers or even a small stick.

I'm sure pros do it every day by themselves but if things are a little awkward it can help to have one person holding a wrench on the strainer wrench to keep it from turning while a person on the other side loosens the nut.

Note that once you have loosened the nut you are concerned with the strainer on the top side should unscrew from the strainer assembly. You don't actually need to remove the nut completely that you are trying to loosen, once you have unscrewed the strainer from the top of the strainer assembly, the rest of the strainer assembly can be pulled out from below the sink..


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