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I've recently replaced the tap and handles in an old bathroom sink. It turned out to be a bit of a pain because the bolts holding the sink in are rusted into the besser block wall - the bolt head just snapped off the first bolt I tired to unscrew. I decided to leave the sink as is and just try and replace the tap and handles like that. I managed, but now I'm having a really hard time tightening up the PVC pipe fitting under tap because it's in such a tight position.

So my question is, are there any techniques or tools for tightening up such things when they're in such a tight place? I have 3 cm or less space in any given direction due the wall on one side and surrounding sink.

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What type of nut is on the fitting? Is it knurled,hex shaped or have two wings protruding from the sides? –  mikes Apr 3 '13 at 20:37
    
Related diy.stackexchange.com/questions/11458/… –  Kellenjb Apr 3 '13 at 21:29
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You want a basin wrench. It cams sort of like a pipe wrench, so it should be able to grip almost anything. Insert the handle from the other side to cam the other direction.

Basin Wrench

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Thank you bcworkz! –  Benjamin Tillman Apr 4 '13 at 14:11
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Does the nut have thumb tabs to turn? A photo is key for the best answers here. If it does, I make these on my own with a piece of PVC pipe and they work like a charm for installing/uninstalling sink faucets. Just run a piece of pipe vertically through your table saw to make two kerf cuts at 90 degree angles.

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