How to Remove a Stuck Kitchen Faucet Mounting Nut
If you've ever struggled to unscrew a stuck faucet nut, you may be wondering how to remove it. It's not a serious plumbing issue, and you can likely solve the problem yourself. To help you with this problem, we've listed some tips below. First, heat up the nut with a hair dryer. This helps to loosen the corrosion-induced bond between the nut and the faucet. Next, use a penetrating oil to loosen it.
Drill a hole
A faucet wrench has a long pole, which should automatically lock onto the nut. The handle should extend below the sink, so you can grip it with both hands and turn the nut. Sometimes the nut is shaped in such a way that it won't grip the wrench. Plumbers have a few tricks to make this task easier. If you can't turn the nut using a wrench, you can drill a hole in the faucet.
Apply penetrating oil
A wire brush will clean the nut of rust, and penetrating oil is useful to get out lime deposits. After cleaning, you should spray the nut with Liquid Wrench, which will dissolve any rust and lime deposits. If you find that the nut is stuck on the faucet because of whitish lime deposits, you can try spraying white vinegar on the threads of the nut and let it soak for a while.
Before you attempt to free the stuck nut with a wire brush, you must remove any mineral deposits that have accumulated around it. You should also make sure to cover the area with flammable materials before using the propane torch. If this method doesn't work, you can also use a penetrating oil or wire brush to loosen the mineral deposits around the nut. Be sure to let the oil sit on the nut for several hours before you attempt this method.
If the mixer tap nut is plastic, you can use a hair dryer to loosen it. Plastic nuts are usually easier to loosen than metal ones. Another way to loosen a stuck faucet nut is to turn the water off. If this doesn't work, try tapping on the nut with a metal stick or spraying a little calcium dissolver on it. The wax will work as a loosener, and may be able to detach a rusted portion of the nut.
Make a vertical cut
A hammer may be necessary to loosen a stuck nut. If this method fails, you may have to use penetrating oil or a reciprocating saw. But if these are not available, then you can use a hacksaw or reciprocating saw. Make sure to use caution and start at the top of the nut, and make a vertical cut with the blade. Once the nut is loose, use a wrench to secure it in place.
Loosen the nut
Another option is to try heat therapy to loosen the nut. This method works well, but only when the nut has been severely corroded. First, use a metal spoon to scrape off any rust that has built up on it. Next, you can use a household acid cleaner to remove mineral deposits from the nut. Once you have removed all of these steps, you should wipe off the residues with a rag tied around the nut.