How to Remove Kitchen Faucet Without Basin Wrench

how to remove kitchen faucet without basin wrench


If you have to re-innovative kitchen, or refurbish it, or to update its design, you might be thinking of changing the kitchen faucet that you have. And in case you are not willing to pay a plumber, you might be thinking of doing it yourself.

But things don’t happen as their plan to do always. And in case of changing a kitchen faucet, you may face unexpected situations as well. Have one of the unexpected situations is – why you don’t have enough room to operate with a basin wrench.

As we all know, basin wrench is a common tool which is used to unscrew the bottom of the kitchen faucet. But in some kitchens, there is not enough space to operate a basin wrench by hands.

So what do you do in that case?  Do you call a local plumber?

You don’t have to, actually. Just stick to the end of this article, and we will show you how to remove kitchen faucet without basin wrench.

The real problem when you don’t have a basin wrench

By using a basin wrench, removing the kitchen faucet becomes so easy. But there were two cases when the basin wrench is not just enough to get over with.

Case 1:  When the bolt is not a right fit for a basin wrench.

Case 2:  When you don’t have enough space to operate a basin wrench.

However, we are going to provide solutions for both of the cases. Just stick to the end of this article.

How to remove kitchen faucet without a basin wrench

In case you don’t want to remove the nuts under your kitchen sink, you need to have some alternative tools. Here is a list of tools that you will need-

  1. A screwdriver
  2. A tape
  3. A towel.
  4. A Socket wrench or a crescent wrench.
  5. Grease.

Once you have all of the necessary items right in your hands, follow the steps we have mentioned below-

Step 1: Locate the hot and cold water shut off valves

First thing first, you have to find out where the hot and cold water shut off valves located. If you have a double handle faucet, you will find both cold and hot water shut off valves. In case you have a single handle faucet,  there will be only one valve.

No matter whichever case is, the valve will be located just under the kitchen sink cabinet.

After you have located it, shut them off.

Step 2:  Open the faucet and remove the pressure

After you are done with shutting of both of the valves, release the pressure inside from the kitchen faucet. This will help you to remove the kitchen faucet easily.

Step 3: Disconnect the water lines

Now it’s time to disconnect both of the water rides from the kitchen faucet. There are tools available like- channel lock pliers which will help you with this step. You may have one out supply line and you need to remove this with a new supply line.

Step 4: Remove the holding nuts

To create the connection with the water line and the kitchen faucet, there are some holding nuts that you need to find and replace at this step.

To get over with this action, you have to take help of tools like a crescent wrench or a socket wrench. Both of these two are available in the market or in the nearby shop.

Sometimes the bold are so tightly attached that you need to place some lubricant to remove them easily. If you don’t have any lubricant, you can get some grease. This works equally fine.

Step 5: Disconnect the hose

As you know every faucet has a hose which plays the role of the connective between the water line and the faucet. At this step, you have to remove the hose.

With the removal of the connecting hose, the whole faucet body should be detached from its place. You can take on the whole perfect now.

Step 6:  Clean up space

Buy now, you should be able to take off the old faucet. And you are ready to put the new faucet without using a basin wrench. Before doing that, take it off, and rub the place well so that the junk, gunk, and dirt is no more.

There are many cleaners available in the market with which you can do that. But as a primer, how wet cloth should be fine.

Step 7:  Place the new faucet

So far, we are done with the steps of replacing the old faucet and now your sink is ready to take on the new one. We have just published another guide which should help you with the process. Please consider reading or died on how to place or install a new kitchen faucet on a sink.

Bottom line

Thanks for being till the very end of this article. By now you should be able to replace the old kitchen faucets without using a basin wrench at all. You don’t need to buy any extra tool for that.

One last advice from our side is, if you have not done it before, it’s better to take advice from an expert. In case you don’t have an expert by you right now, please leave a comment below with the exact problem you are facing, and we are sure that we will get back to you with an answer.

Also, you are advised to use top quality products and tools. As you know replacing a kitchen faucet is a hectic process and no one wants to do it over again and again.


Spencer G. Johnson

This is Spencer G. Johnson’s website; He is product reviewer & passionate blogger, and a regular DIY writer at Forbes, HuffingtonPost, LifeHacker & Instructable.

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