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When the nut is stuck that well, the basket has a tendency to start to slip before the nut. So instead of twisting the nut loose, you'll end up spinning the basket. At this point it's likely you'll have to replace the basket anyway, so trying to save it could be a moot point. I'd start by trying to crack the nut. Use a hacksaw blade or oscillating tool, ...


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A sufficiently large strap wrench could be used. But at some point tool cost may approach the cost of fixture replacement.


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Another idea that may be necessary if the thing is so rusted and corroded is to cut the lower section of the basket assembly off. This can be done by several methods. The easiest one may be to cut into the side of the lower assembly along one side (vertically) with a Dremel tool with a cutoff wheel. It may be necessary to cut it on only one side or both. ...


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A Tub Drain Removal Wrench might help in this scenario. These can be found at your local home improvement or plumbing supply store. You might be able to turn the drain instead of the bolt in order to remove it.


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Tap (don't overdo it and break the "ears") with a hammer and nail or hammer and punch against the projecting "ears" - and do as many of them as you can easily reach, rather than only tapping on the most accessible one (at least until the thing starts to move.) Scribe a line before you start that goes across both parts so you can detect even a small ...



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