Strainer Nut Stuck
My first post and I searched as best I could for an answer. Here's the situation.
My utility sink has a loose strainer. It appears that plumbers putty dried up and crumbled over the years. While I was working with the connection of the pipes below during a leak, it became loose and now is not sealed - worse leak.
So, I attempted to remove the strainer nut to either put it back together so it will seal or replace the whole thing. Darned if I cannot get the nut to move - in either direction.
I have a strainer nut wrench with notches that fits underneath on the strainer nut itself. For the strainer I've tried using a drain wrench with the cross-hair sections, but they don't fit well and keep slipping.
I have also tried plier handles and even used vice grips on the pliers to give me more leverage. Not working.
I've tried to get liquid wrench in the threads, but I suspect that hard water has found its way into the threads and mineralized over time.
Is my only true hope to cut the strainer nut?
I'd cut it. Theres a good chance the underside gasket is trashed too, Buy a new stainer and set it in silicone.
Use denatured alcohol to clean up the extra caulk
Ok, then... Any tips on the best way to cut it... small hacksaw, dremel with cutting tool?
You can do one of the following:
1) You can drill holes into the nut from the basket strainer to the end of the nut and split it that way.
2) You can use a hacksaw and cut the nut.
3) You can use a nut splitter to do the job.
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