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How do I tighten the nut under the kitchen sink faucet?
Use a basin wrench to tighten the nut the rest of the way. A basin wrench has jaws that clamp onto the nut and a long handle so you can reach it easily. Fit the jaws of the wrench around the nut and rotate the handle clockwise. The jaws automatically tighten when you do this.
What tool do you use to tighten a faucet?
A basin wrench has a pivoting gripping head that sits at the end of a long handle, and it is designed to reach up into that awkward, inaccessible space behind a sink to tighten or loosen the mounting nuts on a faucet or the flexible supply tube nuts that connect to the end of the faucet tailpieces.
What can you use instead of a basin wrench?
If a basin wrench is not available at home, you might have socket wrench available in your toolbox. You will need a ratchet spanner, and you might need screwdrivers, channel lock pliers, a clean cloth, and water pump pliers as well. You may also use a sink drain wrench if you have one.
How do you loosen the nut under the sink faucet?
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- Tighten the nut. Moving the nut in any direction is progress.
- Tap with a hammer. Jarring the nut can break its bond to the bolt.
- Apply heat. Metal expands slightly when hot, which may be enough to crack the nut free.
- Soak the nut.
How do you tighten a lock nut on a sink?
A basin wrench has jaws that clamp onto the nut and a long handle so you can reach it easily. Fit the jaws of the wrench around the nut and rotate the handle clockwise. The jaws automatically tighten when you do this. Keep turning the handle until the nut is tight and the fixture is stationary.
What can I use instead of a basin wrench?
How do you tighten a kitchen faucet?
Aim a flashlight toward the faucet base. Set an adjustable wrench to the size of the water supply hose nut holding the lines to the inlets of the faucet base. Loosen and remove both supply lines by turning the nuts counterclockwise with the adjusted wrench.
How to fix loose sink faucet?
Prevent wobbling with stabilizing plates. If you use a thin sink in combination with a heavy kitchen faucet,it may be worthwhile to attach a stabilizing plate.
How do you fix a loose kitchen sink faucet?
Tighten the setscrew — located under the cap — clockwise to tighten the handle. Push the decorative cap over the opening when the handle is tight. Remove the cap, tighten the screw and replace the cap if there are two handles on top of the faucet. Remove the masking tape from the top of the handle.