What alternatives do I have for removing rusted, frozen bolts in a
very tight space in the underside of my 1906 porcelain sink? I need
to replace the supply lines and faucets to this beauty, but I can't
get the bolts off with my basin wrench! I can't get purchase or space
to actually wrench. Please guide me to other tools or techniques,
short of paying a plumber $32 to enter my house and then charge me
whatever the rate would be for the job. Thanks.
You talking about the nuts that go around the faucet supply stems? Cut
the lines with a Dremel and cutoff disk as close as you can, then a
deep socket and extension.
Or just cut the nuts, too. Barring that, take the sink off the wall and
then work on it...
Great idea; I will try that pronto. I'll also use another poster's
suggestion to try Liquid Wrench (he actually suggested WD40, but I get
the concept) to try to free up the rust a bit first. If that fails,
I'll try your other suggestion:
Thanks for the suggestions, truly. I'll cancel the plumber appt. now.
Concur with the Dremel. This is your best friend when things get
stubborn 'up under there'. Fiberglass-reinforced cutoff wheel.
You want genuine eye protection for this one, though. You won't have
the greatest control of that Dremel in awkward positions.
You can usually get in there with a 12 point combination/box wrench.
In extreme cases, 12 point box end wrenches can be bent or cut in
half to give you more room to turn the nut.
I guess a hammer and cold chisel are out of the question, due to the
irreplaceability of the porcelain, should the tool slip. :-)
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I wasn't sure what a basin wrench looked like, so I googled and found this,
which has an extendable handle. Would this help by getting your hands below
the bottom of the sink so you can get some more force into it?
If you need a lot of torque use a 1/2" drive heavy duty crowsfoot wrench
with a beaker bar - go easy or you could rip the sink off the wall.
A torch always work on rusted nuts - just a little heat will do.
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