Moen 2 handle faucet removal problem

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Hi,

I've got a 2 handle Moen faucet in our bathroom.

Moen has sent me the cartridges to replace the current ones. Unfortunately, the handles are stuck and no matter what I try via Moen, they will not give. I've put vinegar around them with no luck. Maybe I'm not putting vinegar in the right spots. Moen said the base is probably stuck from minerals building up. The faucet is 19 years old. I've tried with soft touch pliers, wrapping a belt around it and then trying to grab it with pliers, etc. It won't move. Any suggestions besides dynamite or a hammer? Thanks.

https://solutions.moen.com/Article_Library/Two_Handle_4"_Mini_Wide_Spread:_Threaded_Hub

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I can also upload the install pdf Moen sent but it is 4.4 MB.

As always, thanks for your assistance.
 

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If you do replace the entire faucet, you still need to remove the handles. As the instructions read, hold the handle and turn part #2, the hub counterclockwise. If you can't do it by hand use channel lock with a few wraps of a towel around the hub to prevent scratches but that is usually causes scratches anyway.

Google search, "mini strap wrench" and use it to wrap around the hub. Usually you won't find these in stores except only large ones. HD has a Husky 8" but it is too large.
 

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Lowe's was out so I got a strap wrench 2 pack from Boston Freight for $5. Not the best quality tool but ... Who knew this was the simplist answer? Well, you did! Great recommendation. Not one friend owned one and they're all in awe of an easy tool that none of us had or are familiar with. OMG, so many times in the past I've struggled with something and this would have saved so much frustration with a typical wrench or pliers.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

If you do replace the entire faucet, you still need to remove the handles. As the instructions read, hold the handle and turn part #2, the hub counterclockwise. If you can't do it by hand use channel lock with a few wraps of a towel around the hub to prevent scratches but that is usually causes scratches anyway.

Google search, "mini strap wrench" and use it to wrap around the hub. Usually you won't find these in stores except only large ones. HD has a Husky 8" but it is too large.

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