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.