I ordered a new clothes washer and it came today. The delivery guys
couldn't get the cold water hose off the spigot... they probably
didn't try too hard for fear of breaking the spigot. What is the best
way to get it off? I was thinking penetrating oil (hard angle to
apply though), then run a gallon or two into a bucket then apply to
the washer. Any better ideas or tips?
The old hose (rubber) is 10 years old and I bought new metal ones to
replace them, so now I've got a new one on hot and the old one on
Way I used to do it (I used to run into this regularly when I was an
appliance tech) was to CAREFULLY hacksaw several cuts around the
connector and GENTLY pry the connector away from the spigot piece by
piece. You need to cut into the connector just enough to weaken it so
that it can be peeled away from the spigot. It does work if you're
careful, trust me.
Well what I would do is spray it down w/W-D 40 then Try a pipe wrench or a
pair of channel locks With another pipe wrench to support the spigot.
No Joy, take a *little* heat to it(don't want to melt solder if present)
Still no luck, if you can get to it, try to hack saw 3/4 of the way through
the hose connection, then hit with a cold chisel and hammer.
Try not to bugger up the threads on the spigot or where the washer contacts
But channel locks and/or a little heat should do it.
But back up the side opposite the one you're beating on by pushing something
hard and heavy against it. A brick or even weight lifter's 10 pound dumbell
would be about right.
Without a backup there's probably too much flex in the piping to let the
beating do much good.
Jeff Wisnia (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
"If you can keep smiling when things go wrong, you've thought of someone to
place the blame on."
Probably not something you want to hear but I had the same issue when I
replaced my washer and I had to cut the spigot off and solder on a new
one. I absolutely could NOT get the hose off. I suppose that the
corrosion bonded the two metals together.
I agree. If a pipe wrench wont take it off, or risks busting pipes,
just replace the spigot. If you got steel pipe, you can try to saw
off the rubber part of the hose and heat the connector with a torch.
But too much heat will damage the spigot....
There were other good ideas posted on here, but many are time
consuming, and a new spigot should be under $5.
Wet it with Marvel Mystery Oil (whatever), let is sit for a while, then BIG
channel locks, ones that will close over the hose end and you can then grip
the two handles. Use another wrench (monkey, channellock, vise grips)
holding the opposite way to support the spigot.
Another trick is to try to tighten it first, sometimes this is enough to
break it free.
Make sure you support the spigot going the opposite way of the loosening
Yeah, for me to hire a plumber to replace an outside spigot would cost
$150 because code here requires those frost-free spigots, which are a
lot more than $5. I'm going to do this one myself in the spring by
cutting the 1/2" copper pipe in the basement, removing the section
that runs out to the spigot, and buying a new section with collar and
new spigot and just try to torch the whole thing together. I already
have a shutoff on this pipe, so I see no reason to buy that expensive
frost-free sillcock given that I'm mindful enough of my house to shut
off the water to the outside when the temps drop. Doing this repair
the old way may not be code, but it'll save me more than $100.
For less (probably less than half!) than what a plumber will charge, you can buy
yourself a brand new Dremel tool kit with accessories and a package of "cut-off"
wheels. You'll be done removing the stuck part in less than 5 minutes. You will
then own a wonderful tool that you can use for all sorts of things.
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