Cool Tool: Wrench for Removing Faucets

This faucet wrench removes stubborn faucet nuts quickly and easily

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

A cool faucet wrench

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.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Socket/ratchet set

You'll also need the Basin Buddy wrench and a 3/8" to 1/4" adapter.