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    hello,

    I'm trying to remove an old bathroom faucet. The bathroom counter is tile, and the cutout for the plywood is very tight - there is precious little room between the lock nuts, plywood and sink. There is not enough room to apply a basin wrench to the lock nuts.

    What to do? Help?

    Here are some photos (toothbrush for scale, and yes that's an old toothbrush kept under the sink for cleaning ):



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    Some basin wrenches I've seen would fit.

    But, if you took the water supply lines off and got some really deep sockets, you could probably get them loose that way. They make a fairly inexpensive set of plumbing sockets that should fit.
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    Just take a drill and drill out the nut on one side,
    Once you have it split, it will spin off easily.
    Just make sure you have eye protection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    Just take a drill and drill out the nut on one side,
    Once you have it split, it will spin off easily.
    Just make sure you have eye protection.
    that sounds like a winner!

    thanks for the help.

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    I often cut the nut with a cut-off wheel in a Dremel tool then put my "Big Kahuna" screwdriver in the slot and twist. They come right off!

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    That faucet has to drop down to remove it, so you should be working on the nuts on top of the sink.

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    Redwood slaps himself upside the head and wakes up!

    HJ is correct! Good luck on the topside!

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    yeah... drops down. which, I figured out after cutting the lock nuts. live and learn. anyway, the new faucet is installed, thanks for the help!

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    HJ is correct! Good luck on the topside!

    Phew! I was being told that the old clutch was slipping and was starting to worry about it. Although part of my serpantine belt destroyed itself today, and there appeared to be a squirrel foot among the parts.

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    If the squirrel was munching on the belt at least you know it wasn't a lemon! LOL

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    At first it sounded like rocks in the engine compartment and was not sure if it was a tow job or not. Once I got most of the shredded part out, the rest is wrapped around the fan hub, it ran quiet and was able to drive to the dealer without the rest of the belt disintegrating.

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