Buy this cool tool, a special faucet nut wrench, to simplify faucet removal under those hard-to-reach sinks. It works quickly and easily and you avoid backaches.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:March 2012
Slide the open end of the wrench over the supply tube
and push it up to the faucet nuts. Then turn the ratchet
and it will self-center on the nut. Remove and reattach
the ratchet handle as you rotate the nut.
The slots in the wrench catch the nut flanges as you turn the wrench with a ratchet from below.
Replacing a faucet is easy once you get the retaining nuts off. But
that’s easier said than done. If you’re like most DIY plumbers, you
probably use a cheap basin wrench. That means you have to crawl on
your back all the way into the sink base. Then you have to arch your
back, reach all the way up to the sink deck (while holding a flashlight
in your mouth) and hook the jaw onto the faucet nuts.
Forget that. Just buy a Basin Buddy wrench (about $26) and snap
it onto a long, 3/8-in. extension from your socket set. (One online
source is simplyplumbing.com.) Then twist the ratchet handle as
shown to loosen the nuts. You’ll save your back and do the job in a
fraction of the time.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
You'll also need the Basin Buddy wrench and a 3/8" to 1/4" adapter.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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