Request help removing old kitchen faucet

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  1. Feb 14, 2020 #1

    Frank Nguyen

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    Hi,

    I am unable to remove the bottom part of an old faucet. I believe the piece is the retainer ring (horse shoe looking piece). Please see the picture. The 3 tubes are prevent to ring from rotating around. Please help. Thanks.
     

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    It looks like there was a nut on there that you already removed, I see bright threads.

    Did you already remove something from that big threaded stub?
    Please answer this question.

    So that horseshoe piece should just drop off, I think.

    Maybe try some gentle prying to get it loose.
     
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    There was nothing attached to the big threaded stub. No nut. It looks like the horseshoe piece is screws onto the threaded stub. I tried turning the horseshoe one direction and the other but seems like the piece does not move. Any suggestions?
     
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    Post a better pic of that horseshoe piece, from directly under it, looking straight up.

    So we can better see what is going on there.

    Sometimes you have to pull out the middle hose, which feeds the faucet head.

    Then you bend the two supply pipes away from the horseshoe, and now it has clearance to turn.

    Put some penetrating oil into the threads inside the horseshoe piece, and apply more several times over a day or two.

    And tap lightly on the horseshoe with any small metal tool, the slight vibration helps the oil to be absorbed into there.

    I am still not convinced that the horseshoe piece is meant to hold the faucet on.
    Because it does not look like it is shaped to be grabbed by a wrench for tightening.
     
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    I tried turning all the hoses but they don’t seem to move. The water supply are metal rods. The horseshoe piece is right at the rod so I don’t think bending the rod would make it turn at all for it’s still hitting the rod. I’ll try oil and tapping it. I did spray wd40?
     

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    Still can’t see very well.
    Post a pic with the opposite view of your first posted pic.

    But it looks like a black rubber gasket is smushed into there in a crooked way.

    Also looks like you can just mush those supply pipes over to the side, to get them out of the way.
    If they are copper, you can bend them back and forth and they will eventually snap off.

    Or cut them with side cutters.

    I still think the main hose has to be pulled up and out of there.
    Cut off the fitting on the end, if it is too big to go up through the hole.
     
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    Side cutting pliers like these.

    8 in. High Leverage Diagonal Cutters with Comfort Grip

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/205944320

    Just cut little nips and work your way into the pipe.

    Or if the pipe it copper, make a crushing squeeze with the cutters as high as possible, then fold the pipe back and forth along that crease til if falls off.
     
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    Hi Jeff, I took some more pictures. I can see the pipe thread on the other side of the horseshoe piece. Seems like the horseshoe piece screws into the pipe. You think the High Leverage Diagonal Cutters will cut the pipe by the opening of the horseshoes piece and the horseshoe piece will come off? That piece seems to clamp to top sink piece and bottom on together.
     

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    Some faucets unscrew from above the sink.
    Maybe that is what is going on here.
    Maybe not.

    Meanwhile, if you slice or cut that big ribbed hose that supplies the faucet head, you will be able to pull all that big hose out and away.

    Then cut the hot and cold supply lines, with the cutters I suggested, or by folding, or use your own ideas.

    With all the lines gone, that horseshoe will be able to spin, and the faucet will come off.

    Take a big breath, read everything above here carefully again, several times.
    The answers are all there.

    You don’t need any more answers, just get going.

    Or hire a pro if you are confused.
     
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    Thanks for your help Jeff. I'll let you know how it turns out. Take care.
     
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    If you jam the side cutters way up into the horseshoe while cutting, everything should end up out of your way.
     
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    PS There is probably a much simpler way to get that thing off, but without knowing how, just attack what the eyes can see, that is a golden rule of demolition.
     
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    It’s from above. Remove the spray head and hose, then take off the goose neck from above. You need a special grohe tool or crescent wrench to unscrew. Once you get the neck off you should see how to get it off. Or call grohe if it’s not clear enough.
     
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    Watch a youtube video for Grohe installation (assuming they exist).
    This is a Grohe faucet, and it is all based on the spinning of the shaft from above.
    There is a Grohe tool that any plumber would have, but you can use channel locks carefully to spin the threaded shaft once you have popped off the arching spout.
    It should be clear on videos. Takes confidence on popping the spout off the plastic retention ring of the faucet body.
     
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    I have watch several Grohe faucet videos. I didn’t want to pay $200-300 for a plumber to come out for something this quick and simple. I’m so glad people taking their time and are willing to help. I really appreciate all. God bless.
     
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    Let us know how it all works out!
     
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    Hi All, your advise worked! I took the Spout off and the whole piece wa kinda of loose already from me trying to remove it. I was able to just unscrew it with my hand and the horseshoe piece fell off on the bottom. Thanks you kind gentlemen. Have a great day!
     
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