Went to assist my sister in what should have been a simple job, replace
a washer hose.
Connection at the washer removed easily. The end connected to the wall
spigot won't budge. Complicating factor is the spigot itself is not
firmly secured to the wall. Rather it passes through a cabinet front
I'm using a second wrench to counter the twisting actions. Sprayed it with
WD-40 to see if that might free the threads a little.
Any other suggestions?
Probably don't dare use a torch to heat the hose end,
so in that case run a hacksaw blade thru the hose end
brass. You don't have to go all the way thru, just deep
enough that you can force the thing open (chisel/screwdriver).
Bigger wrench comes to mind... :)
For OP, what are you using for wrenches?
It's likely justt corrosion products/lime deposits. A good vinegar bath
may do wonders with less likelihood of tearing something else up w/
Use liquid wrench. WD is not really designed to free stuck parts it is a
Heat from a hair dryer might help. You won't melt any solder joints with
Is the piping copper, plastic or galvanized?
After an hour of repeated applications of liquid wrench, tapping, etc.,
still won't budge. Having sister reapply several times more today and
tomorrow morning before I make a final attempt. Will bring a hacksaw
just in case.
Pipping appears to be copper. If it doesn't free up easily I'll have
her call a plumber as I don't wish to generate any cracks or loose joints.
As previously noted, for water corrosion products on copper, vinegar or
CLR or other acidic solution will be _much_ more effective than any of
the other penetrating oils designed for iron rust -- that ain't what you
got here and they're pretty much ineffectual (as you've discovered).
Bigger wrench and a propane torch will be bound to work... :)
Sometimes, tightening a little will loosen things up.
What kind of wrench fits on a hose fitting? A few are hexagonal but
most are round.
Water pump pliers sound good for that (such as Channel-loc), the
longer the better.
I had exactly the same situation down to the shaky connection.
Could not get that thing off and it looked like the pipe was going
to twist if I didn't cut it out. Long story short, the plumber I hired
to do it didn't have better luck and wound up cutting the pipe
and replacing that section along with new spigots.
Small world. Yesterday I returned to her house armed with a hacksaw
blade, large Channel-locs, and a torch. Managed to further twist the
tubing. Decided before tubing developed a crack to call in a plumber.
Suggested she have the water supply lines rerouted and securely mounted.
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