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  1. Gem28

    Gem28 New Member

    Hi, can anyone let me know what is needed to remove this very stubborn tap from the kitchen sink.

  2. Pickwickpick

    Pickwickpick Plumber Top Contributor!!

    You're going to need an adjustable basin wrench/spanner to get that chrome nut removed. Once you've dropped the chrome nut, you should be able to pull the tap away from the sink enough for the copper tails to be accessible, they can come off with a small spanner or adjustable spanner.

    e2a: one of these
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  3. Gem28

    Gem28 New Member

    Wonderful, thank you Pickwickpick. Going to grab one now x
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  4. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Looking at that I would dowse it in WD40 well before.
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  5. Pickwickpick

    Pickwickpick Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Yeh that would be a good idea, although it looks like its smeared in sealant to me, so would need to try and scrape some of it of for the WD40 to work.

    You also might need to increase the leverage on the tap wrench, you could use a piece of pipe/spark plug socket on the handle.
  6. Gem28

    Gem28 New Member

    Cr*p the space is too small to fit the end of the spanner Are there any narrower ends?

  7. Gem28

    Gem28 New Member

    Quite hard to get a decent picture.

    We’ve covered it in wd40 and I’ve scrubbed it with wire wool etc too

  8. Gem28

    Gem28 New Member

    Hopefully the lighter picture shows how tight the space is. The hinge part of the wrench is too big for it.

    I wish I could meet that person who designed this sink

  9. Pickwickpick

    Pickwickpick Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Are there isolation valves fitted on the 15mm copper pipe work?
  10. CBW1982

    CBW1982 Member

    If the sink/basin is off the wall, you could try an adjustable spanner or grips on the nut and turn the tap with your hand.

    A big box spanner or monument tap spanner might be thinner

    Monument 2 Jaw Adjustable Basin Wrench

    Good luck. :rolleyes:
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  11. Pickwickpick

    Pickwickpick Plumber Top Contributor!!

    That's a lot tighter than it looked from the initial pic, you're going to need to remove the copper tails so that you can get a box wrench (see pic below) onto the nut.

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  12. Rob Foster

    Rob Foster Top Contributor!!

    monument basin spanner might do it, often with a coin
    supa glued to one side if its too slack ...Rob Foster aka centralheatking
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  13. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    With the water turned off and the copper tails cut , try turning the tap body from the top , it might loosen it enough
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  14. Pickwickpick

    Pickwickpick Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Looks like I deleted part of my message by mistake.

    To get the copper tails off, if they won't unscrew by hand, clamp onto them with some molegrips and use the grips to unscrew them (after having initial cut them off the 15mm pipework or removed them from iso valve).

    If there's not enough access for you to turn the box wrench, or to extend leverage on the handle, you might find its best to have someone hold it in place for you, whilst you turn the tap (depending on what sort of tap you have, post a pic of it maybe). Once you've cracked the nut, you can then unscrew it easily with the box wrench.
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  15. Gem28

    Gem28 New Member

    Thanks all, yeah we’ve been trying to hold the nut whilst turning the tap but no joy, it’s all just spinning.

    A pic of the tap is attached.

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