I'm replacing the drain pipes under my bathroom sink and having trouble removing the final section behind the escutcheon that connect to the wall fitting. I have a metal pipe extension pushed into a brass nipple fitting at the wall. The extension is trapped in the brass nipple via a washer that is internal to the brass nipple so I cannot pull it out without removing the brass nipple. The nipple has a hex nut but it's inset in the wall behind the tiles. I cannot turn it without removing tiles and causing wall damage. What to do? Photo links: https://i.imgur.com/NmUOyOz.jpg https://i.imgur.com/KDQ1PRD.jpg

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  • Post your pic on imgur.com, then add the link/filepath in a comment to your question. One of us will post it to your question. When you have a bit more cred, you will be able to ad pictures directly to your post via imgur. – Jimmy Fix-it Aug 5 '16 at 21:14
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    That is an unconventional assembly! Was there a nut screwed to those threads or was it just like that? – Jimmy Fix-it Aug 5 '16 at 21:56
  • Yes, there's a nut. I've included a photo of it here: i.imgur.com/QM0NDw1.jpg – user58375 Aug 6 '16 at 6:02
  • Have you tried twisting and pulling with a fair amount of force? That type of connection is usually a slip-joint fitting and can be pulled directly apart. The presence of the brass ring is pecuiliar, however; usually a rubber slip-joint washer would be found there. – Jimmy Fix-it Aug 7 '16 at 17:24

Cut the extension pipe off close with a hacksaw.

Then use a regular socket on the brass nut.

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