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CatSalem
Need to dismantle pedestal sink to replace faucet?

I'm trying to remove a very old, leaky faucet from a pedestal sink, prior to installing a new faucet. After much effort and contortion, I've got all the pieces off except the spout, which is held in place by a mounting nut under the sink. There's exremely limited space under there, most of it blocked by the spout-T. I can maneuver my adjustable wrench, by holding it nearly vertically, such that it would grasp two opposing sides of the nut if it (the wrench) could open wide enough!

Should I get a larger adjustable wrench? Does some other tool exist to solve this problem? Or must I do what I really, really, really don't want to do: remove the sink from the wall and from the drainpipe before I can get the old spout off the sink? (For that matter, will I have to remove the sink to install the new faucet anyway?) Many thanks in advance.

Shaun
Re: Need to dismantle pedestal sink to replace faucet?

You can try a basin wrench. Any diy'er attempting plumbing should own one. Just ask for one at your local hardware store.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Need to dismantle pedestal sink to replace faucet?

I managed to loosen the nut on mine by tapping on the spout with a rubber mallet and turning it. Once I got the nut loose I could hold it with a screw driver and turn the spigot a little at a time. There sure isn't much room under those pedestal sinks is there? The new faucet was a different design and went back in a lot easier. It had turn screws to hold it in place and the connections were snap and turn.
Jack

CatSalem
Re: Need to dismantle pedestal sink to replace faucet?

Thanks to you both. You know, the basin wrench that removed the faucet mounting nuts in a flash simply wouldn't do a thing for the spout mounting nut. In the end I got out the hacksaws and cut off the two arms of the T. But that still didn't give me clear access to the mounting nut so I went up top and amputated the spout, which also amputated the top part of the T, allowing it to drop free of the sink. With that access, a husband below with a slip wrench and me above with a pliers, we got the darned thing off. You know how these things become a personal crusade after a while, right? And it took all of 7.5 minutes to put in the new braided supply lines and the new faucet/spout apparatus. Whee! Thanks again. C

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