In the kitchen faucet is an important kitchen accessory to do your daily kitchen works. There may be several reasons to remove kitchen faucets. Maybe you want to replace the kitchen faucet or repair its leak. To remove the faucet, you need some tools but in houses, all tools are not available. So, in this article, we show that how to remove kitchen faucet without basin wrench.
Nowadays people like to do DIY kitchen faucet replacement. The DIY process saves the money that you pay to a plumber. After few years every faucet needs repairing or replacement. The kitchen faucet is one of the most engaged areas of the kitchen. From washing dishes to filling pot all works can be done easily by kitchen faucet.
Kitchen faucets are available in different models. A basin wrench is an important tool to remove faucets in the kitchen. But by using our tricks, you can remove the kitchen faucet without a wrench. These faucet removal tricks work with any type of kitchen faucet.
Tools You Need
To remove the kitchen faucet, you need some tools. You can do it without a basin wrench. Repair a kitchen faucet and remove a kitchen faucet both are different processes so you need different tools for them.
Fewer tools are needed to remove the kitchen faucet. To remove the kitchen faucet, you only need to disconnect the water supply to the faucet, open its screw and remove it. But to repair the kitchen faucet, you need to open internal parts of the faucet and for this, you need more tools.
- Socket Wrench
- Ratchet Spanner
- Channel Lock Pliers
- Dry Cloths
- A Gauge of Tape
Screwdrivers, socket wrench, channel lock pliers are must-have tools to replace kitchen faucets without basin wrench. Socket wrench can be used at the place of basin wrench to remove kitchen faucet.
Knife, gauge tape, and dry clothes are not necessary but they will help you in the removing process and make the removing process easier for you. These tools are enough for the DIY kitchen faucet removal process.
How To Remove Kitchen Faucet Without Basin Wrench?
Once you get all tools then you are ready to remove the kitchen faucet. We are describing all steps in a simple way so you don’t need to take the help of a plumber. Let’s see how to remove a kitchen faucet without a basin wrench.
Step 1 – Turn Off Water Supply To The Kitchen Faucet
The first step is to turn off the water supply to the kitchen faucet. This is an important step because if you start removing the process without turning off the water supply, your kitchen or countertop would be filled with water.
Most faucets have hot and cold water supplies. Under the sink, you may find a water valve for both supply lines. Once you find the valve, start rotating them to turn off the water supply.
In some kitchens, there is no valve under the sink. If you also don’t have a turn-off valve under the sink then you need to turn off the water supply of the kitchen or house. Go outside the house and turn off the water supply.
Step 2 – Release All Remaining Water and Air Pressure
After turning off the water supply there is still some amount of water is left inside the faucet. Open both handles of the faucet and leave it for few minutes. This process will release all water from the faucet.
After releasing water, keep handles open for few more minutes to release water pressure from the faucet.
When there is no water coming out from the faucet and also there is no sound from the faucet then it means the faucet is fully empty and there is no water and pressure inside it.
Step 3 – Put Towel On Sink Drain
This step is related to safety. All sink has drain system for dirty water so there is the possibility that when you remove the faucet, at that time by mistake any screw or other small part of faucet fall down in the sink.
Put a towel or any other cloth on the drain to keep the faucet parts safe from falling in the drain.
Step 4 – Disconnect Water Hose From Faucet
The main process of removing the kitchen faucet without the basin wrench starts from here. To remove the faucet, you need to remove both hot and cold-water supply lines from the faucet.
You can put a bucket under connections so when you remove supply lines dripping water gets collected into the bucket.
An adjustable wrench or plier makes this process easy and keeps the faucet free from any damage. Properly fit plier or wrench at the connection point of faucet and water lines and slowly move it to disjoint connection.
Step 5 – Remove Nuts of Faucet
The next step to remove the kitchen faucet without a basin wrench is to remove the nuts of the faucet. In this step, people need to use a basin wrench. Instead of a basin wrench, you can use a socket wrench for this step.
Most people have a socket wrench tool because it is used for other works also. You can find nuts near the sink and faucet joint. Fix the socket wrench on the nut and move it. If the wrench moves after one or two trials then it means the nut is in good condition.
After applying lots of pressure nuts are not moving then it means nuts are jammed. People install the faucet and don’t touch its nuts and other connections until they find any issue with the faucet.
Use grease to open jam nuts. You can find grease in your house. Put grease on nuts and leave it for few minutes and then try to open it. Grease will work perfectly and nuts will open easily.
Step 6 – Remove Kitchen Faucet
This is the simplest step in the whole process. Disconnect the faucet from the water hose. Now the faucet is totally free so you can remove it easily. This whole DIY process of remove the kitchen faucet without a basin wrench is simple.
Step 7 – Clean Sink Area and Install Faucet
Now, this is the last step. After removing the faucet clean the sink area. You can use a towel or other clothes to clean the sink.
Now check if the old faucet can be used after repairing then use it (it saves your money) otherwise use a new kitchen faucet. Once you remove the kitchen faucet without a basin wrench then you know the whole removing process so you can install the kitchen faucet easily.
What Should You Use If You Don’t Have a Basin Wrench?
Instead of a basin wrench, you can use a socket wrench to remove the faucet. Other options of basin wrench are also available, you can use duct tape, coins, and a cable fastener. These all tools can be used at the place of the basin wrench.
FAQ About Remove Kitchen Faucet Without Basin Wrench
Do You Need a Basin Wrench To Remove Faucet?
Basin wrench is helpful to remove faucets but you can remove faucets without using a basin wrench. A socket wrench is the best alternative to a basin wrench.
If you are in hurry and don’t have a basin wrench then use a socket wrench. Also, we have explained in detail that how to remove the kitchen faucet without a basin wrench.
What Tools Are Needed To Change a Kitchen Sink Faucet?
Screwdrivers, wrenches, and pliers are the most important tools to change a kitchen sink faucet. These tools make the whole process easy and fast. By using these tools, you can change the kitchen faucet by yourself.
How Much Does a Basin Wrench Cost?
The average basin wrench cost is between $15-$30. The price of some basin wrenches is more than $30. Basin wrench is a helpful tool and the cost is also not high so should keep it in your house for emergency work.
People think that a basin wrench is a must-have tool to remove kitchen faucets but we have shown alternative ways for how to remove kitchen faucet without basin wrench. All steps are explained in a simple way so you don’t feel any difficulty understanding them. Follow all steps carefully to remove the faucet. After removing the faucet, you can replace it or change it.
Hi, I am Ralph Matthews. I have been doing plumbing work for the last 20 years. I have created FaucetShowerGuide blog to share my plumbing experience with people. My main moto to create FaucetShowerGuide blog is to give the right guidance to my reader so they can select the best faucet and other products for the kitchen and bathroom.