Quick & Easy Faucet Wrench

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About: Retired Tool Maker ( 1980 ) Retired Mechanical Engineer ( 2009 ) Full time Tinkerer

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Hi Gang:

I had to replace some faucets and one sink had the hold down nuts in a really tight spot. Usually I can turn these with my fingers, but they just are not as strong as they used to be. Plus did I mention the spot between the wall and the sink was really tight?

Step 1: Materials

So I found that 1 1/2" PVC pipe was about the same diameter as the nuts. So I cut a piece about 10" long.

Step 2: Marking the Spots

The tabs on the nuts were 90° apart so I marked the end of the pipe to match the tabs.

Step 3: Table Saw Setup

So I set the fence of my table saw so the blade was about the center of the pipe. Accuracy here isn't very important so you could do this with a hand saw.

Step 4: Cutting the Slots.

Just get close to the marks. Cut about a 1/2" deep and then back out. It took two passes to get each slot to fit the nut, keep cutting until they all fit.

Step 5: Trial Fitting

So here is the "wrench" about to engage the nut.

Step 6: Success!

The "wrench" fits both the white nut with four tabs and the black nut with two tabs.

Step 7: Wrench in Place

So without the sink and wall in the way here is the 'wrench" on the faucet nut. I found the PVC pipe gave me plenty of grip to tighten the nuts. If you have problems you could use pliers on the pipe or drill some holes to add a torque bar.

Good luck, I hope this makes your faucet jobs easier!

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    jjwick

    1 year ago

    Might try gluing a tee on the end for a little handle, and if you need a little more torque you could just push a couple short pieces of pipe in the ends.

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    carl5blumjjwick

    Reply 1 year ago

    Good Idea!

    I did find that for plastic nuts just my hands were enough.

    Thanks, Carl.

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    bigmikelv

    2 years ago

    how do you use it when there is a hose attached?

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    carl5blumbigmikelv

    Reply 2 years ago

    The faucets had brass tubes that I broke off first. Then I tightened the nuts before the new tubes were put on. Carl.

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    john171

    2 years ago

    Elegant and cheap solution. Thanks for sharing,??
    Be sure to save that wrench!?

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    carl5blumjohn171

    Reply 2 years ago

    Hello John:
    I did save it with the extra faucet parts. But it is so simple and quick to make it might save tool box space to just make a new one in twenty years!
    Carl.

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    JmsDwh

    2 years ago

    Nice tool! You could drill a couple holes up the pipe so you could put a screwdriver through and get some extra torque.

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    carl5blumJmsDwh

    Reply 2 years ago

    Hi JmsDwh:
    I found that just twisting the pipe was enough. Much more and either the nut would crack or the sink porcelain give way. But in a tight spot it might really help.
    Thanks, Carl.

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    BeachsideHank

    2 years ago

    Absent a saw of any kind, heating the edge of scrap metal piece and pressing it down on the scribe marks would work too. In any event, a nice bit of thinking here! ☺

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    domino88

    2 years ago

    Genius!

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    claxx_moldii

    2 years ago

    this is such an elegant solution!

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    acheide

    2 years ago

    Nice.

    Thanks.