If you are struggling to use a basin wrench by yourself, then don’t worry as this article would provide you with a perfect solution.
Basin wrench is an imperative part of a plumbing tool kit, but it is seen that most of the home owners do not use it.
As the matter of the fact, people have to remove a faucet with the passage of time and they usually spend money for this cause. But, if you are going through the same issue then you ought to do it again and again! There is a simple and easy solution to this problem, that you can easily do it by using a basin wrench.
You only need to know the proper way to use a basin wrench, and you can remove a faucet without any hassle. If there is not enough clearance around the sink to freely reach the faucet nut then you might have to use the basin wrench and for that you should know the way to use it. As this tool is handy too use for any nut that is hard to reach. Basin wrench can be also use to remove faucet.
So, let us have a look on the steps with which you can use the basin wrench:
Examining the Wrench
First of all, you need to examine the wrench right before you are trying to use it. Take a closer look and understand how it is going to work for you. All the basin wrench has 2 parts, one is black and one is silver. Handle of the wrench is the silver part and the black one is the claw of the wrench. The claw can be positioned in many different angles when it swivels around the handle, this is the thing which help you reach the hard places of the sink. Ridged wrench is one of the best wrench that you can find ease to use of.
Working Out With The Wrench
When using the wrench very first time may cause a few problems, when you want to rotate the claw of the wrench. This may occur due to the tightness and hardness of the wrench which is being used the first time, or after a very long time. Now, this is not a big issue to handle, you can easily get it resolved by applying some lubricant on it. Wait for a while after applying the lubricant and now the wrench is ready to use.
Adjusting the Claw of the Wrench
It is pretty much easy to adjust the claw of the wrench as you need to fit it to the size of the nut. You need to examine the nut and then open the wrench’s claw up. Clamp it to the nut and adjust to the size of the nut by holding it to the place. Adjust it tight so that you might not encounter the problem when you are losing or tightening the nut. Moreover, it is a feature of the basin wrench that it can be adjusted itself, it can clamp even to the uneven shapes of the nuts which are rusted overtime.
Adjusting the handle of the Wrench
Basin wrench comes with the extendable handle and with its help you can reach the hard places of the basin without having any kind of problem. These places are hard to reach with standard wrench and that is the reason we use basin wrench. When the claw is turned to 90 degrees angle, you easily can reach any nut in the basin.
Replacing the Faucet
If you want to remove the nut which is holding the faucet in the sink, then it is an easy task to do for the basin wrench. First of all, get the wrench in to the correct position, from where you can clearly see the nuts in the basin. After setting the correct position, adjust it to the right direction and start loosening the nuts which holds the faucet. After removing the nuts, you can get the faucet out and can replace it. You can tight the nuts back and you are done with replacing the faucet with the help of basin wrench.
You can easily use the basin wrench by using the steps given above but there are some more tips for difficult situations:
- You can use the telescopic wrench which has an extendable handle to reach the nuts of the deep sink basin.
- You can increase the leverage on a T bar by using the pipe or the back end of the adjustable wrench when you are tightening a nut.
- Just like thee pliers, claw of the basin wrench can grab any kind of the nut, all you have to do is to move the head of the wrench to any positions which is comfortable for you to turn the wrench.