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Removing faucet from kitchen

No, you don't need to remove the sink to remove the faucet. Follow this sequence of steps: Turn off both the Hot & Cold shutoff valves leading to the sink Unscrew the flexible braided hoses from ...
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What screwdriver I should use for this screw head?

It appears that the hex sides of that screw head have been rounded off due to the use of an ill-fitting hex wrench. A metric and an SAE hex wrench will both fit in there, but the use of the wrong one, ...
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How can I unscrew this nut with little clearance?

What you want is a basin wrench: (Source) The left end pivots so you can reach up under the sink and access the nut. That said, you have some serious corrosion going on there. You might have to go ...
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What screwdriver I should use for this screw head?

I mostly agree with FreeMan, but I think this was originally a Torx (six-pointed star) drive. The corners look deeper than I'd expect from an Allen drive. I would get a set of Torx bits and look for ...
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How can I add valves to supply lines when the lines are soldered to the faucet?

This isn't a very difficult job for a new diyer to tackle. You'll only need some basic tools in addition to a pipe cutter and deburring tool. Here is what needs to be done: Installing the Shutoff ...
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How do I fix a leaking connector between my garden hose and faucet?

It's possible to get the hose screwed on by hand tightly enough that it won't leak if your grip is strong enough; I think the strength required is within the normal range for an adult (mine is ...
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Faucet supposed to stick out this far?

That's just.... nasty. The spout looks fine but the faucet is both too far out and not square. There's a large gap at the base that looks like it can leak water into the wall space. The "plumber" was ...
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Closing a hole from removed tap head after replacing it with mixer

The best solution would be to replace the counter top but I assume it is woden and an antique that you want to maintain. If possible remove the left unit, if not enjoy it. On the right you could add a ...
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Why did city utility work require me to modify my faucet aerator?

The most likely scenario is that the work on the system disturbed sediment/debris that migrated to your home water piping, plugging up your faucet aerators. Rather than the "quarter turn" you describe ...
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What screwdriver I should use for this screw head?

Find the largest allen or torx wrench or bit that is small enough to fit in the rounded-off hole. Mix up some 5-minute epoxy or epoxy putty, and put a blob of it into the hole. Immediately insert the ...
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Is this sink faucet removable?

Yes, the faucet can be removed. You have to turn those black "nuts" counterclockwise to remove. You'll need a faucet wrench or a pair of chanellocks to remove them. They will be stuck on ...
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What kind of tool can I use to tighten a faucet bolt in a tight place?

I think your options are either a Basin Wrench or an extra deep socket
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How can I unscrew this nut with little clearance?

You could use a box spanner, the pipe will go up the body of the spanner and the pin used to turn the spanner is not fixed. I have used basin wrenches ( I know them as tap wrenches ) but sometime get ...
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How do I fix a leaking connector between my garden hose and faucet?

If the leak is around the threads themselves (you can tell vs gasket based on where water comes out), teflon tape (sometimes called plumber's tape) exists for this. It's readily available at hardware ...
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What kind of tool can I use to tighten a faucet bolt in a tight place?

I think that is a standard application for a "crows foot" wrench.
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Why does my garden hose quick release keep popping apart?

A hasty assessment: it is probably because it's a piece of junk. Give it back. I could blame pilot error: you are supposed to push it on until it clicks at which point it's locked on. You are ...
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How can I add valves to supply lines when the lines are soldered to the faucet?

HoneyDo has a great answer; I'm putting extended comments here with some photos of one of my bathroom sinks with a new faucet installed last year. I would just note that I like to spend extra and buy ...
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When to turn on the water for my washing machine?

Most modern machines will self regulate the amount of water allowed to enter the washer. The typical washing machine is connected to the water supply by a hose. The hoses can fail with age. The most ...
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How can I fasten nuts in narrow places when installing a faucet?

What you're after is a tool called a basin wrench: It can reach up behind the sink and tighten those nuts.
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No room to unscrew kitchen faucet

It looks to me like the nut on the spout would turn independently of the spout itself. Put the faucet back in its original position and turn that nut while holding the spout stationary. See if you can ...
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Can I leave the hot water pipe to a faucet disconnected?

No you cannot. A single handle faucet like yours has a mixing valve inside it that connects the cold and hot side with each other. In other words, there is a point where the hot and cold water mix ...
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How can I unscrew this nut with little clearance?

File a bit of steel pipe so that you have two pins that match the notches in the nut - this will lengthen the nut to a point where you can apply normal tools.
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Why is there always crud in my tap water?

Hard to know without doing some investigation or starting to take steps to address it and see where it pops out. One thing to try, if you have not, is to flush the fixtures while the end of the faucet ...
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What are these extra tubes underneath the kitchen sink faucet?

Your faucet has a removable sprayer part. #2 is the hose that goes to this, it runs through the inside of the faucet and is attached to the faucet temperature valve on one and, and the handheld ...
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Is this sink faucet removable?

If you look closely at your first photo, you will see a black plastic nut on the two water line connections. This is called a "faucet nut". You will need a "faucet nut wrench" ...
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what kind of faucet is this and how do I take off handle?

You should find a set screw under the small colored plug.
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How to remove bottom portion of kitchen faucet

You're looking at a nut. That ring threads onto the nipple. It may not have been installed correctly. It's intended to be used as a clamp base, with the screws you removed tightening against the upper ...
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can KY jelly be used in a pinch if no silicone plumbers lubricant is available? this is NO joke!

KY is water soluble, so would be pointless as a lubricant for plumbing fixtures. In a pinch, maybe petroleum jelly would work.
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What kind of tool can I use to tighten a faucet bolt in a tight place?

The standard tool for these under-sink nuts is a tube spanner: The tube is long enough to go over the thread and the holes take the handle which can be shifted side to side when you're in a confined ...
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What is this copper ring insert in my sharkbite supply valve?

Here is the correct answer to the question as it is written. The copper ring is a ferrule, which is part of a compression fitting. You absolutely need the copper Ferrule for a watertight connection,...
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