When you are removing a kitchen faucet, the basin wrench is an important tool to have. They come in many different sizes and they make it easier to remove stubborn plumbing fixtures like sinks, toilets, and faucets. However, if you don’t have one on hand or you need something smaller than what’s available in stores then try these tricks!
What Should You Use If You Don’t Have a Basin Wrench?
The first popular question is What Should You Use If You Don’t Have a Basin Wrench?
It’s a good idea to have one, but you don’t always need it. So rather than buying one before your project knowing that you might not use it again for another year or so, here are some things you can use instead of a basin wrench:
- An adjustable wrench – this has a jaw that can open up to almost any size. The downside is it’s not as strong as the actual basin wrench, so if you have a tight fit, make sure you only use half of your strength when removing the faucet or else it will slip out and break off in parts on your sink.
- A pair of channel-lock pliers (with rubber pads) – these are similar to an ordinary pipe wrench but more flexible since they don’t need to clamp down hard as other tools do; also very useful for holding onto smaller objects while working with them. Be careful though because, without pads around its jaws, metal scratches easily – which you definitely want to avoid when working with a sink!
- A hacksaw – this is very helpful if your basin wrench has become stripped and you need to cut through anything in order to remove the faucet. You can either use it alone or alongside another tool such as an adjustable wrench. Just be careful not to scratch up any parts of the sink while cutting, which could result in rusting later on (and we’re sure that’s one thing you don’t want!).
So if you don’t have a basin wrench, just use one of these options to get the job done!
How To Remove Your Kitchen Faucet Without a Basin Wrench
This is instruction on how to remove the kitchen faucet without a basin wrench. And this can be applied to most faucets.
First of all, you need to turn off the water supply and drain some water out. You can do this by turning on your faucet so that it pours into a bucket or sink. Then close the faucet and open up the main valve for the house’s plumbing system. If you have an outdoor hose attached to your kitchen faucet, detach them from each other now as well. Remember not to block any air vents with anything while draining out some water from the plumbing systems in order to ensure they flow smoothly when turned back on later.
Now it’s time to remove the nuts and bolts holding your faucet in place. You can do this by using an instrument that lets you reach into those tight, awkward spots where most normal wrenches won’t fit. If you don’t have one at home already, I suggest picking up some plumber’s tape as well, which is used for things like gas fittings and is good for making threaded connections airtight and water-resistant (basically what we need here). As long as you buy something made out of stainless steel with no sharp edges on the inside, these should work fine even if they’re not intended specifically for plumbing applications.
If there are rubber washers behind each nut and bolt, you’ll need to remove them too.
When all is done, you can now safely empty out some remaining water still inside the piping system by using a hand-held hose connected directly into the main valve at this point. Once drained out, close up that valve too then proceed with removing or detaching anything else left behind such as old mounting ring(s) which used to hold down your previous sink deck.
You should now be able to lift your old kitchen sink up and out of the countertop. If you have access from underneath, remove any remaining screws or nails that may still hold it down there too while being careful not to drop anything onto the floor below. If done correctly without a hitch, take this whole thing over to your dumpster outside then place it inside for pick-up later on by trash collectors who will haul away everything safely for disposal at their designated landfill site somewhere else in town.
And now tighten nuts with plumber’s tape around each one while also putting more on top after placing any rubber gaskets underneath them as well. This will ensure everything is airtight and water-resistant.
Now you’re ready to turn the main plumbing system back on! Hopefully, this will work like a charm, but if not, there might be some leaks that need more attention than I can give it here (so make sure they get fixed before turning things on). Enjoy your newly functional faucet.
Do you have to use a basin wrench?
No, you don’t have to use a basin wrench. You can just as easily unscrew the faucet from your sink by hand with a screwdriver and pliers. However, having a basin wrench especially for plumbing jobs will make it easier to remove any stubborn nuts.
Does the water need to be turned off?
Yes, you’ll want not only to turn off your main faucet but also any shutoff valves for the sink. If there’s a separate cutoff valve under each area of each tap, make sure those are closed as well. Turn on all sinks and tubs in your house so that you don’t lose any water pressure.
What if you can’t turn off the water?
Then use buckets or containers to collect the excess. Make sure these are clean and dry first, though! Then put them under your sinks’ drain holes; this way, at least the faucet will still be draining into something. If there’s no drainage available (like with a pedestal sink), you’ll need to turn on your bathtub’s drain plug.
How do I know which way to turn the faucet?
Turning your faucet counterclockwise will loosen it, but this isn’t a given for all types of valves and fittings. You may have to check your existing fixtures first so that you can follow their example when it’s time to remove your new faucet.
What if my nuts are stuck?
If the nuts on your plumbing fixtures have been corroded by rust or mineral deposits, you may not be able to simply unscrew them. In this case, it helps to soak each of the fittings overnight in a bowl of white vinegar before you try to remove them. This will help dissolve away any grime and grit that’s keeping the nuts from turning freely, but you’ll still need a basin wrench for this job.
If your faucet has been leaking or dripping, then don’t worry about removing it just yet. You can easily fix most drips by tightening up loose fittings. If the faucet is leaking from under its base, then you can try to tighten up anything that’s loose there as well.
What can I use instead of a plumbing wrench?
You can try using a strap wrench, but this may make it harder to get the job done. If you don’t have any other options available to you, though, then go ahead and give it a try if that’s what your budget allows for at the moment. Otherwise, just use whatever works best in your situation without worrying too much about what your other options are.
How do you loosen tight bolts without tools?
You can use a C-clamp to loosen tight bolts without tools. However, you won’t be able to get at all types of nuts or fittings with this method so it’s not the best choice in every case. You will also need two people for this job if your existing faucet is very heavy and bulky.
Useful Video: Why (and how) to install a new kitchen faucet
With that said, you now have a better understanding of how to remove your kitchen faucet without a basin wrench as well as everything else it takes to do so successfully too. It is not difficult to do, but it does take some time to get everything right. Just make sure to be patient and follow the steps outlined above, you will get there.
We hope that this article has been both helpful and educational for you. We know that many people need a bit of guidance when it comes to kitchen faucet removals, so we have attempted to provide as much information as possible in order to help make the process go well!
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