DIY Home Improvement Forum banner
1 - 13 of 13 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hi all,

I am getting my butt kicked by the aerator in my bathroom sink. I recently purchased a portable washer/dryer. I had planned on hooking it up to the bathroom faucet via a faucet-to-hose adapter and a Y-adapter for hot/cold, but I cannot remove the faucet aerator.

I've tried pliers and a monkey wrench but no amount of strength will get this thing loose. For comparison, the one in my kitchen came off almost instantly. I even let the bottom of the faucet sit in vinegar for a day this weekend.

I am a pretty strong guy but this thing is crushing me. Do I need a plumber or a better tool? Is it possible that this thing is actually part of the faucet - soldered one or one piece designed to look like two? If I stick my finger in I can feel an aerator, and it looks like a separate piece. Can take pics tonight if necessary.

Thanks in advance! :thumbsup:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,595 Posts
If you can see a line as most have I'd say it screws off. As always there are things that we believe are just made to aggravate us.

This is no guarantee before resorting to a dremmel with a reinforced cut off wheel but if you have 2 hammers try this.

Hold one hammer firmly against a side and give the opposite side a smack with a second hammer. Any heavy steel object will suffice as an anvil. Do this in 3 or for different locations around the aerator if possible. This will often break the crust that binds by distorting it a little out of round temporarily.

Bubba didn't plumber's grease it when it was assembled.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
37,378 Posts
Got a picture?
What brand is it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
37,378 Posts
I highly doubt an 1-1/4 drain is going to even work with a washing machine.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Thanks guys. The hammer trick did not work. I'm beginning to think that the faucet is just one piece, designed to look like it has an aerator.

I don't know the brand of the faucet, but I took a few pictures. I also took one of my washing machine set up.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
68 Posts
That aerator does screw in, and is the narrow part below the wider ring of the spout. I have had trouble getting those out as well. Especially when I squeeze to hard on my channellocks and distort the aerator wedging it in place. Maybe try agai and find a pair of pliers to grab it from a diff angle to squeeze it back close to round, but dont put too much pressure on it. constant steady pressure might be what you need, along with a new aerator once you get that one out
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
688 Posts
soak it in CLR, soak it in PB blaster, torch it...all options. the aerator looks pretty destroyed already so a torch isn't going to hurt it much more.
 

·
Member
Joined
·
381 Posts
My bet the OP originally purchased a display faucet at a "discount". Many plumbing showrooms super glue the aerators on to the display faucets because otherwise they are always stolen by idiots. If that is the case, the aerator will not come off and when it clogs, the entire faucet will have to be replaced. Hooray for that "discount" faucet find!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Lol, I'm a renter so I didn't purchase the faucet, but you may be right because this mf'er isn't coming off. I have the same faucet in my upstairs faucet and the aerator does come off, so I think I'm going to take them both out and swap them.

How difficult is it to remove and replace faucets?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
110 Posts
Changing a faucet isn't too difficult. If you've never done it before, figure on about an hour per faucet. You'll probably need a tool called a basin wrench to be able to access the nuts. It costs about $10-$20.

Can you take a picture of the underside of the sink where the faucet is bolted to the counter? That should help show if anything is really ugly and would cause difficulty in the work.

Edit: and you'll probably need plumbing putty or something to seal around the edge of the faucet when you re-install it.
 
1 - 13 of 13 Posts
Top