my husband is trying to remove a kitchen sink at his parents house. it is a three piece faucet. the handle to turn the water on is being held on by some gold clamp. it is in the shape of a pac man with 5 or so holes it. what could thus be and how do we get it off
In my part of the world, typical tap clamps look like this
Sometimes, things are obscured by a tap brace that you must remove.
The retaining nuts are not always easy to see in the darkness under a kitchen sink full of pipes and other obstructions.
But if you are removing the sink and tap and disposing of both, it doesn't matter.
You can undo the other end of the tap tailpipes and throw out the whole lot. In the worst case you can cut through the pipes (above the isolating valves obviously) with a suitable saw and tidy up later.
Just to add other options (and I'm not sure these fit your situation).
- Use a sink wrench: eg:
- Use a sawzall to cut the faucet off right above the sink (my neighbor used this method with a very difficult faucet).