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Removing Old Faucets

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Removing Old Faucets

Removing an old faucet isn't difficult, but you'll have to spend some time on your back under the sink. To keep your under-sink time to a minimum, try using a couple of tricks – penetrating oil to make nuts easier to remove, and a basin wrench that is made specifically for reaching up and grabbing the tailpiece nuts. A basin wrench isn't expensive and is worth every penny when it comes to relieving back strain and frustration.

3 Steps

  1. Turn Off the Water
  2. Remove the Tailpiece Mounting Nuts
  3. Remove the Faucet
Turn Off the Water

Step 1

Turn Off the Water

Turn water off. Apply penetrating oil to the tailpiece mounting nuts and the supply-tube coupling nuts. Wait about 15 minutes for the oil to work, then remove the coupling nuts with a basin wrench or water-pump pliers.

Remove the Tailpiece Mounting Nuts

Step 2

Remove the Tailpiece Mounting Nuts

Remove the tailpiece mounting nuts the same way (a basin wrench has a long handle that makes it easier to use in tight areas).

Remove the Faucet

Step 3

Remove the Faucet

Remove the faucet by pulling it straight up. If it's stubborn, work the tip of a putty knife under it to loosen it. Be careful not to scratch the sink. Use a putty knife to clean away old putty from the sink surface.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

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