Re: Frozen Retaining Nut
Posted by dick on August 16, 19100 at 09:59:21:
In response to Re: Frozen Retaining Nut
: I want to replace the stem-type valves for my tub faucet. I could do it in less than 10 minutes except for the fact that the brass retaining nuts may as well be welded on (probably from hard water, etc.).

: Before I go ahead and start rounding off the edges of the nut trying to unscrew it with my wrenches, any tips on unfreezing it? Would soaking the area with vinegar, or a mineral solvent, like CLR help? Would a *little* heat from a torch help? I dunno. Thanks.

These nuts are brass and the body is brass, so it is very unlikely that they are corroded or locked with mineral deposits. But brass is soft and can be easily rounded off with open end or 12 point wrenches. Check the size and invest in a "6 point deep socket" 3/8 or 1/2" drive. slip this over the stem with the stem sticking thru the square drive hole. grab the socket with a pipe wrench or vice grips.

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