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Old 12-20-2010, 07:31 PM   #1
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Hi there all I'm new here being that I am at my wits end with my latest project. Any help is appreciated. I would consider myself to be pretty savvy when it comes to DIY, well today I have hit a huge wall. I am replacing my 2 faucets in my master bath, and while the first one uninstalled with no issue, the second sink has mounting hardware that is just plain seized up. I'm referring to the large nuts that hold the water control knobs from underneath. This is an 8" spread faucet. I went out and bought a deep well socket when the vice-grips ceased to work, and not even oiling these things and using brute strength is getting them to budge. my next step was to remove the sink, but it appears to be held down with something pretty strong... it will not budge. Any suggestions? I'm getting close to taking a hammer to the whole darn sink and replacing the whole thing. Any help would make me a happier camper.

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Angle grinder 'n safety glasses is where I'd turn

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They probably had a leak and figured PL Construction Adhesive would fix it. LOL

Try the angle grinder, the nut is probably brass and should zip right off.
Be careful not to hit the sink with the grinder if it's ceramic.

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What about attacking from the top of the sink? If you take the handles off and all the trim, maybe you can loosen them up, or cut them from the top.
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What about attacking from the top of the sink? If you take the handles off and all the trim, maybe you can loosen them up, or cut them from the top.
I wouldn't suggest it. I'd be worried about scratching the surface
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This guy is ready to "take a hammer to the whole darn sink", I am not too worried about a scratch.
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Perhaps if he hasn't used the hammer approach and is still stuck, he can post us a pic?

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Thanks for the replies I got the top disassembled as much as possible, but can't get it from there. Not sure if the husband has an angle grinder, but will look into that. It seems like previous owners or even the construction crew used something like loctite(sp) on this faucet because the first faucet disassembled like a dream. Thanks again for the help!
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Thanks for the replies I got the top disassembled as much as possible, but can't get it from there. Not sure if the husband has an angle grinder, but will look into that. It seems like previous owners or even the construction crew used something like loctite(sp) on this faucet because the first faucet disassembled like a dream. Thanks again for the help!
Does he have a Dremel tool? That'd work too.
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The tops are typically held down with silicone which bonds them very well. The faucets are much easier to install if you can turn the top over but not usually worth your while to pull the top just to replace old with new unless all else fails first.
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You can use a hair dryer to heat up the silicone and pull out the sink with the faucets turn the sink upside down and put some penetrating oil on the threads and nut, wait a bit and then use a pipe wrench on the nut to break the seal of the rust/corrosion.
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we do have a dremel tool! Hadn't even thought of that. Thanks! I'm taking a day or 2 off to give my poor beat up hands a break Will probably tackle it after the Holiday. At least I got one sink done! Thanks again for all the help, I'm sure this way will do it!
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I just take a drill with a 3/8 (or similar) bit and drill the nut --then split it off with a screw driver--

Works for me and uses a tool you probably already own.
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I had to use a dremel to cut the nuts off my toilet flange bolts when i replaced that last month. You don't even need to cut all the way through, just most of the way on each side and them give it a whack with a wrench. Your location is almost certainly tighter though. I've used a product called P'Blaster on my car a bunch of times for stuck bolts and it works very well...not sure how it would work on locktite or other adhesives though.

Good luck and do yourself a favour and keep the hammer out of reach!

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