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Old 02-21-2010, 06:03 PM   #1
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I'm trying to replace a 17 year old faucet that's in our bathroom and unfortunately I'm encountering some rust issues. The bolts holding down the faucet and the hold/cold handles is a slim brass hex nut, as opposed to a regular plastic or wingnut based one. The cold water hex nut came off relatively easy with no corrosion, but the hot water one is stuck on with rust and limescale and I can't get it off. I tried WD40 and PB Blaster, tried turning it as best as I could with flat pliers (basin wrench won't latch onto it because it's so thin width wise) with no avail. I even went as far as hammering the hot valve in both directions to try to break the nut loose, which worked with the faucet portion, but with no avail. Is there any way that I break this thing without breaking the sink? I'm trying to avoid having to call a plumber because it's such a simple thing. Is there a hacksaw small enough to fit in there so that I can cut it off?

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find a long straight bladed screwdriver and split the nut off there with a hammer.maybe throw some anti seize on the threads of new faucet if theyre metal to make it easier to remove in future

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find a long straight bladed screwdriver and split the nut off there with a hammer.maybe throw some anti seize on the threads of new faucet if theyre metal to make it easier to remove in future
Thanks for the reply. I actually was starting to hit the nut with a straight screwdriver and hammer, but didn't hit it too hard or for too long because I was concerned that I might crack the porcelain sink. Is there an alternative to this? I've heard that some plumbers might take a torch to it and try to heat it in order to break the seal...not sure if that's a good idea though with the WD40 and PB Plumber residue on it.

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its pretty hard to break a sink,just be carefull.your more likele to damage the sink with a torch than splitting that nut
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or go to sears and buy a nut splitter. you tighten it over the nut and it will split. nice handy tool.

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