We recently bought a new wash machine. The installers could not remove the hoses
from the faucets, seems they maybe limed on. The installers suggested a plumber
with a torch may be able to remove the hoses. I have applied WD-40 many times to
no avail. Can someone suggest a way to loosen these hose connections without
having to resort to an expensive plumber?
Thanks for any help...
Depends; if all the plumbing is plastic then force may not be your
friend, but if it is metal, a sharp smack to a vicegrip on the hose
nut would likely loosen it.
Even if the plumbing isn't up to impact you can put a second vicegrip
on the hose bib so you can absorb the blow with your other hand,
assuming there is room.
If it is lime then vinegar [or if you are real adventurous a little
muriatic acid] will be more effective than wd40.
Can't see it from here- but if it was mine, I'd hold the valve
securely and have at it with a pair of channel lock Grip-locks .
If they failed I'd get the vice grips out. [and in both cases, though
I'm a big fan of cheap tools- you'll save yourself a lot of headaches
with the real thing]
With the vice grips you want to tighten them down enough to
ever-so-slightly deform the hose connection. Try to turn- rotate the
vice grips to grab at 90degrees from the first try- and try again.
I imagine you've got it off by now- but if you don't- now try to run
some more vinegar in there- and go sip a cold drink for an hour or so.
If it still doesn't come off- see how hard it will be to replace that
valve because it has been there too long and is likely to be the next
thing to go.
Question for Experts:
Is WD-40 a similar product to Liquid Wrench? I thought WD-40 was for
lubrication, while Liquid Wrench was what would be called for in cases
like this. (If hoses of OP's problem are metal threaded connectors.)
(This is based on a plumber needing to open a 3 inch sewer clean-out who
disdainfully remarked on the use of WD-40 for rusted black iron pip.)
WD40 is not a lubricant. The WD means "Water Displacement" which is the
intended use. It has light aromatics that quickly evaporate and leave
a gummy residue. One of the best ways to ruin stuff is to "lubricate"
them with WD40.
while Liquid Wrench was what would be called for in cases
I doubt that it is lime that is causing it to stick. More likely corrosion.
If the spigot is copper and the hose fitting steel it will corrode due to
the electrolysis between the two metals. Keep at it with the wd-40 or some
other chemical that can help penetrate and then use channel-locks,
vice-grips or a small pipe wrench to work it loose. Don't be afraid to try
tightening it a bit as well. Sometimes it will break loose this way easier
and then back off with a little elbow grease!
Haven't got time to read the whole thread, but try tightening the
connection a bit too. If it moves at all, that will be good all
And Liquid WRench is much better for this than WD-40. Put it on and
follow the directions which say to hit the thing with something hard,
to set up vibrations and let it sit.
Might try like Channel-Lock pliers, the ones that have curved jaws, to
get a grip on more than two points.
I suppose you can even try a hacksaw on the metal fittings. Don't saw
into the faucet.
When you get new you're supposed to turn the faicets off every time
you finish using the machine for the day, but if you don't do that,
at least get woven stainless steel clad hoses.
BTW, when I said hack saw, I meant to saw diagonally, or parallel to
the hose if possible, so that you sould be cutting the entire width of
the circumference. And don't saw far enogh to damage the faucet.
Your just trying to weaken the the hose part that screws on.
But this is probably the last technique I would use.
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