How to Remove an Old Faucet

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Old faucets, especially those in disrepair or stuck on, must be removed delicately to avoid damage to the sink. Remove a faucet safely with help from a professionally licensed contractor in this free video.

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Hi, my name is Chris Wade, and I'm a contractor in the City of Los Angeles. Today, I'm going to show you how to remove an old faucet. The first thing you want to do is you want to crawl underneath your sink, and you want to shut off your water supply to the faucet. Otherwise you will get very wet and then after you've done that go ahead and just turn on your faucet to make sure the water has relieved itself all through the hoses and then you want to unscrew the water supply line. It's not a bad idea to have a little bucket or something underneath it because sometimes water will just stay in there a little bit and you just don't want to get it all over the, all over the cabinet underneath. Usually you can just break it free with a wrench and then just undo it with your finger and now we've released the water supply lines to the angle stops from the wall and then the next thing you want to do is you want to crawl under here and if you're a big guy it's a pain in the neck and you have to use your wrench and undo the water supply lines that go to the faucet, just you know set those to the side for now. And then you've got to undo the other one and again like I said this is not a most fun to do and then you need to undo the nuts that are attached to the bottom of the faucet itself which hold it into place and then once you get those, these are the nuts that I was talking about underneath and once you get those off, you just basically pull out your faucet and like I was saying what you couldn't see on camera underneath but these are the nuts that you're going to find. They're usually plastic and they're attached directly to the downspout of the faucet itself and this is what sandwiches the sink as you can see, you know this just screws to the bottom of the sink and that's how you would remove a faucet.

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