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tight under sink faucet plumbing service help

We know the scenario very well. You can find a really good deal on a new kitchen faucet to replace that old leaky crap. Once you get home you excitedly start ripping out the old one and find you have no way of loosening the large nuts at the bottom of the faucet. Neither your adjustable wrench nor any other wrench seems to fit in the space. Fear not.

We show you how to remove and tighten the nuts on the kitchen faucet under the sink.

Step 1: Clear the space under the sink

First things first: clear the area under the sink. You should be able to see into the area where the sink faucet is screwed on. You can't really do that unless you can get in there and work. Remove towels, cleaning products, etc.

Also get a nice towel to drape over your head and shoulders so you can face the sink.

Step 2: Get some light

In addition to safety glasses, take them a headlamp or other light so you can see what you are doing. You can have the best tool in the world, but if you can't see, you can't use it! We like something along the lines of Milwaukee's LED headlight range, but actually anything is possible.

Step 3 - You'll need the right tool to remove and tighten the nuts on your under-sink kitchen faucet

You will need a tool called a flat wrench.

These special plumbing tools have a long handle with a T on one end for leverage. The other end has a spring loaded adjustable wrench head that clamps onto the nut. The long handle allows you to reach behind the sink and get to those hard-to-reach nuts. You can purchase a basic sink wrench at most hardware stores or online for about $15.

How to remove and unscrew kitchen faucet nuts under the sink. This is the suit position.

Twist to release.

A great example is Ridgid's telescopic basin tap. There are fancier and more expensive versions, but for this type of work a less expensive wrench will do from time to time.

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Step 4: Use your wrist!

Once you have the tool in place, a simple twist of your wrist should provide enough force to loosen most nuts.

The two types of nuts you will find are the retaining nuts for the water supply lines and the plastic nuts that hold the faucet in place. Any sink faucet should work well on one or both.

If you will notice that some sink faucets wrap around supply lines while others offer that T-handle approach. Decide which method works best for you.

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