I am trying to replace my kitchen faucet but the nut holding it onto the sink is corroded and the nut won't budge! I have tried a basin wrench (as someone suggested here), wd40, hammering at those notches with a screwdriver and am not getting any movement. How can I get rid of this faucet? I don’t mind destroying it as I have a replacement already in hand.

corroded faucet

  • Flat head screwdriver and a hammer, stick the screwdriver in the notch and force it until it breaks loose
    – user70085
    Nov 17, 2018 at 20:37

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As somebody in your other question noted, you probably have to attack this from the top. A hacksaw will be time (and arm) consuming. An oscillating multitool with a metal-capable blade would be good though slow-ish. An angle grinder would be fast but will also throw sparks and has the non-trivial risk of having the grinder catch and run into stuff you don't want ground, like the backsplash.

Alternately, you might try to drill out a weakness in the nut with either a large drill bit or linked smaller ones. That would allow you to pry it loose.

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    Ended up calling someone as I apparently don’t have the stomach to be cutting off fixtures. Guy came and sawzall’d the top off in 1 minute flat. Feel dumb for wasting so much time and blood on this stupid faucet. Nov 18, 2018 at 17:48
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    Don't feel bad... taking a saw to a fixture is scary. Glad it got resolved. Nov 18, 2018 at 21:04

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