loading

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!

<p>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. </p>
Good Idea!<br><br>I did find that for plastic nuts just my hands were enough.<br><br>Thanks, Carl.
<p>how do you use it when there is a hose attached?</p>
The faucets had brass tubes that I broke off first. Then I tightened the nuts before the new tubes were put on. Carl.
Elegant and cheap solution. Thanks for sharing,??<br>Be sure to save that wrench!?
Hello John:<br>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!<br>Carl.<br>
<p>awesome</p>
<p>Nice tool! You could drill a couple holes up the pipe so you could put a screwdriver through and get some extra torque.</p>
Hi JmsDwh:<br>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.<br>Thanks, Carl.
<p>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! ☺</p>
Genius!
<p>this is such an elegant solution! </p>
<p>Nice.</p><p>Thanks.</p>

About This Instructable

2,622views

40favorites

License:

More by carl5blum:Sheet Metal Counter Sinker Tool Vertical Bandsaw Table Fly Ball Rotisserie 
Add instructable to: