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How do you remove a stuck and corroded faucet?

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To remove a stuck and corroded faucet, turn off the water, clean off the corrosion and remove the faucet seat and twist off the nut. If removal tactics do not work, the nut may need to be cut off with a hacksaw.

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  1. Turn off the water
  2. Before removing the faucet, turn off the water either underneath the sink or at the main water shutoff valve.

  3. Clean the corrosion
  4. Before attempting to remove corroded nuts or faucet seats, clean off the corrosion by scraping the area and wiping down with a wet sponge. Other cleaning methods include soaking the area with a penetrating oil or white vinegar. Allow the solution to soak for several hours, and apply additional applications if necessary.

  5. Remove the faucet seat
  6. To remove a stuck faucet seat, use a hammer to tap a screwdriver around the seat's bottom. Push the faucet up high enough to access the nut.

  7. Remove the nut
  8. To remove a corroded nut, try tightening the nut before loosening it. Other methods include tapping the nut with a hammer or applying heat to the area with a blow dryer or propane torch. If these methods do not work, the nut may need to be cut off with a hacksaw.

  9. Consult a professional
  10. If these methods do not work, consult a professional for assistance.

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