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Old 03-16-2014, 07:18 PM   #1
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This is the cold water side of a kitchen faucet. I've removed the small retaining clip from the cartridge but I don't know what to do next. Do I try to pull out the cartridge or do I undo the 6-sided nut first, then pull out the cartridge? Photo below.
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This is the cold water side of a kitchen faucet. I've removed the small retaining clip from the cartridge but I don't know what to do next. Do I try to pull out the cartridge or do I undo the 6-sided nut first, then pull out the cartridge? Photo below.
With the supply valve closed of course, turn the 6-sided ( hex ) nut counter clock wise to remove and pull the cartridge out.

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Thanks. Yes, the water is off and I think I will use some Liquid Wrench on the nut. For now it won't budge!
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It's best to use a 6 point deep well socket and a ratchet or at least a box end wrench.
An adjustable wrench or open end may just round it of.
A light tap with a hammer on the end of the ratchet or wrench will snap it loose.
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I see how those adjustable open ended wrenches don't grip as well as they should. My socket isn't deep enough to grab the nut and clear the top of the cartridge so that won't work. I have a few box end wrenches downstairs and will try tomorrow.
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You can do it.
Anytime you trying to remove something like that, be it a lug nut on a tire or a shower stem they may have been on there a long time.
That first sharp blow instead of a steady pull will often break it free.
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The box end wrench and some firm taps with a hammer hasn't worked yet. It's really stubborn but it has to be removed so I can put another one in and use the sink again.
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Sometimes those need the shock treatment to distort the shape momentarily to break the crusty bond. This can sometimes be accomplished by holding an anvil backup on one hex flat and striking the opposite flat with a hammer. Do this on as many flats as you can get to. The back up should be heavy but sometimes someone holding a hammer head firmly against the flat will do.

If I didn't have a 6 point socket or box wrench I'd probably be reaching for my pipe wrench.

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