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Old 03-03-2008, 02:04 AM   #1
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Just can't break sink drain free!


I've been at this for a couple of days now. The mom & pop store finally got 2 of the faucets in that I was waiting for that had long enough necks to reach the 70's sinks without pouring out on the coutertop. After I got one faucet installed and sealed one valve leaked, and there was no way to replace it. (Don't buy Oak Brooke!)

And I still can't break the drain free; I managed to break the whole marble countertop away from the wall and cabinet, but the drain won't budge
. It rotates in the bowl, but I can't break the nut or escutcheon loose and the pipe doesn't move. I've soaked it with penetrating oil each time in hopes that the magic will loosen this junk so I can have a working drain plug.

Do I just need to wait for the new sink and cabinet?

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Old 03-03-2008, 03:22 AM   #2
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Cut the nut with a sawzall (carefully)

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Old 03-03-2008, 01:02 PM   #3
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Cut the nut with a sawzall (carefully)
Thought about it after banging it with the pipe wrench - not too much room to maneuver. Maybe a Dremel wheel or angle grinder...?
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Old 03-03-2008, 01:42 PM   #4
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Is it possible for you to take a bare hacksaw blade and insert it down into the drain to where you can begin to cut through the ring at various points so as to relieve some pressure on the threads? Don't go all the way through the drain pipe it's threaded onto. Then, you might be able to pry a piece of it up for a grip and take a pair of vise grips and simply twist the drain ring out and off.
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use a drill bit and drill thru the nut. Do this in two different spots then seperate the nut.
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:07 AM   #6
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If you decide to cut the nut with a power tool wear protective gear (face shield, long sleeves/pants, gloves)! I had to dremel some bolts off a sink this fall. More than one cutting wheels failed and shattered shooting burning hot shrapnel around the room.
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Old 03-05-2008, 09:56 AM   #7
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Got it - thanks!

Leah - I hate using Dremel cutoff wheels, exactly for the shrapnel reason. I got by using the old one that was on the bit up until the last cut. Then the replacement shattered on contact. The next lasted a bit longer. That dust made such a mess in the porcelain sink! I haven't found much use for the Dremel besides grinding the dogs' toenails, but it managed to cut through the grommet nut and the drain face (forgot what that part was called).

This must've been the original drain pipe - the bottom fell apart in my hand when I removed the P-drain. All kinds of nasty funk in there! No treasure, though.


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