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Old 10-04-2008, 09:26 PM   #1
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Putting on new countertop how do I remove this faucet?


I'm trying to replace my current counter top. How do I remove the faucet?
It looks like the faucet lines were soldered into the water lines?
Am I gonna have to cut and redo the whole thing? Or heat up the pipe and it will turn loose?
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Old 10-04-2008, 11:50 PM   #2
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If you're trying to save the faucet you'll have to heat the joint above the valve to remove the fitting. You'll need to purge the water from the lines to do this.

If you're trashing the faucet, snip those soft copper lines!

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Old 10-05-2008, 12:12 AM   #3
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How do I attach the new faucet to it after that? Or should I get a plumber?
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Depends on your plumbing skills. There's certainly nothing there that you can DIY. If you're not into soldering, I'd use a tubing cutter to cut the 1/2" copper between the wall and the elbows, and would use some emery cloth to clean the copper. I'd get 90 degree shutoff valves that connect to the 1/2" copper with compression fittings. You install them using either a pair of large pliers or crescent wrenches. Easily done. The other end of the valves will have a 3/8" compression fitting, which will neatly accept a pre-made flexible sink supply line, which screws right into the bottom of the faucet.

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Old 10-05-2008, 01:24 AM   #5
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Okay, I will look into that.
Thank you very much. Guess I'd have to shut all the water off!
Right now, my kitchen and bathroom have no water, lol, just downstairs bathroom.
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The nieghbors replaced thier water heater and the pipe out the top was leaking, sothey asked me I'd fix it.

I heated the pipe for ever and couldn't get the solder to draw in. Then I remembered the neigbors DYI skills and asked if he'd drained some of the water out of the water heater. I just got one of those "why would I need to do that looks.

The pipe was still full of water!

I wonder why I couldn't get the pipe to heat up enough to solder it?
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i do not understand this post. don't faucets connect with threads? please look WAY up under there and see how the copper pipe is attached to the faucet itself. it SHOULD just need a 'basin wrench' to disconnect that pipe from the actual fitting. but what do i know? i'm just a mouse.....

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They normally do connect with threads to the underside of the faucet. I seriously doubt he'll be able to unscrew them and re-install them without boogering the soft copper lines.
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Here are a couple pictures of right under neath. I really don't see anything. I see one screw way up there, which is almost impossible to get at, but that's all I see.
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yeah, looks like someone did a bangup job on that alright! looks to me like they attached the copper to the faucet first, then slid the tubing down the hole. helltopay to even TRY to get a basin wrench up under that.... dang... kc's right then, yer gonna have to cut those coppers... is there enough room to use a pipe cutter rather than a hacksaw? easier to connect new pipe that way.

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Yeah, I think there is enough room for a pipe cutter.
I got the new valves, so I'll see how it goes tomorrow.
Thank you for the help.
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Okay, I got the countertop installed, and new faucet installed, everything is working 100%. Thank you so much for the help, it was a lot easier than I thought.
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