Stuck Bathroom Sink Drain Flange

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  1. Sep 19, 2019 #1

    Scott Braithwaite

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    Good morning/afternoon/evening,

    In trying to install a new faucet we have encountered a stuck flange and cannot remove the old (1991) drain pipe.

    We are using a socket wrench with various materials around the socket (electrical tape, non-slip rubber can opener grips, and even sunk a socket through a rubber stopper) pushed down into the flange while the other person holds the drain pipe.

    Nothing is working. We're only getting slippage.

    How might you folks go about this?

    Thanks! :)
    Scott
     
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    Diehard

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    Don't know about others but I need a picture to see what you are talking about.
     
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    Scott Braithwaite

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    Cut it out and replace it with a new
     
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    Scott Braithwaite

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    From the top or underneath? What tool?
     
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    Just hacksaw off the drain part below the sink, after you lower the big retaining nut, then the sink flange will be free to lift away.

    Or clamp a pair of vice grips onto the flange, then unscrew everything else from below.

    Or bend all the edges of the sink drain flange upwards with a vice grip pliers, then it will drop down through the drain hole.
     
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    If you have a "Moto tool" type hand grinder you can use the cut-off disk to cut around the tube from the top (from inside the pipe). If you don't have one (very handy around the house) you can get a little cheepy one from Harbor Freight for under $10. Go in from the top just below the edge of the flange (the tube is very thin). Go around counter-clockwise so the disk doesn't catch, until the bottom tube drops off. ALL DONE!
    image_27399.jpg $9.99
     
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    I have a dremel max reciprocating tool, best tool i own.
     
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    Do you mean oscillating tool? But that means that you must lay under the sink and cut over your face/eyes! With the Moto-tool and cutting disk you can cut it out from the top standing up. Cut about 1/2" down from the flange and cut counter clockwise. Should take about a minute.
     

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