Introduction: Quick & Easy Faucet Wrench

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 (author)2016-10-30

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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carl5blum (author)jjwick2016-10-31

Good Idea!

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

Thanks, Carl.

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bigmikelv (author)2016-07-28

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

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carl5blum (author)bigmikelv2016-07-28

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 (author)2016-07-22

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

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carl5blum (author)john1712016-07-22

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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3366carlos (author)2016-07-18

awesome

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JmsDwh (author)2016-07-18

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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carl5blum (author)JmsDwh2016-07-18

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 (author)2016-07-18

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 (author)2016-07-18

Genius!

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claxx_moldii (author)2016-07-17

this is such an elegant solution!

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acheide (author)2016-07-17

Nice.

Thanks.

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