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Zen Nomad 08-16-2010 08:45 PM

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?

Any suggestions?

TheEplumber 08-16-2010 08:50 PM

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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

Zen Nomad 08-16-2010 09:35 PM

Ok, then... Any tips on the best way to cut it... small hacksaw, dremel with cutting tool?

epson 08-16-2010 10:02 PM

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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