How to Remove Kitchen Faucet Without Basin Wrench

There might be many reasons for you to think to get the faucet removed from the kitchen. Either the faucet may be an old model and you like to switch over to a new model or the faucet is leaking and damaged. It may be just for maintenance and cleaning also. Whatever be the reason if you need to remove the faucet from the sink you need to know few important things before you start. Also, you need few tools to get started.

If you are here then you might be looking for a way to remove the kitchen faucet without the use of a basin wrench since you don’t have one. There are many tutorials available to teach you the ways to remove the faucet with a basin wrench. Just like that way, here we gonna discuss the ways to remove the kitchen faucet without using a basin wrench.

Since you are going to do this yourself, you need to make sure that you have the necessary tools to have this done.  Here the pre-required tools to remove the kitchen faucet from the sink. You don’t need a basin wrench to remove the faucet.

Instead of using the basin wrench, you can also use the socket wrench to remove the faucet from the sink. Also, some of the basic tools such as ratchet spanner, pilers for channel locking, and pump are also required. Keep a clean cloth with you while removing the faucet to clean the dirt.

Steps to Remove the Kitchen Faucet Without Basin Wrench

1. The basic step is to close all the water supplies and valve

Whenever you plan to repair your plumbing work then make sure to close all the water supplies from the tank in order to work without a problem. Make sure to close the valve to prevent water leakage. So that you can work in peace.

Now to remove the faucet close the valve and open the faucet and let the remaining water in the pipe drains.

2. Release the pressure inside

Once the remaining water gets drained, you need to open the spigot to release the air pressure inside the pipe. This will help you to work comfortably.

3. Remove the water pipes from the faucet

The next step is to disconnect the water lines from the faucet. Water lines are the ones that hold the faucet from underneath. So get down and disconnect them from the faucet. To disconnect them use the pliers. As mentioned in the pre-requites, you need to have a water plier to do this task. If you use water pliers then you can remove the water lines without much effort.

Make sure not to get the water lines damaged. Some faucets have only one water line into them, but some faucets have two lines them depending on the design of the faucet used. Thus you need to disconnect all the water lines into them.

4. Remove all the mounting screws

After disconnecting all the water lines that run into the faucet, you have to remove the mounting screws on the top of the sink that attaches the faucet with the sink. If you have the mounting plate that covers the screws then you need to remove the mounting plate and then remove the screws that hold the kitchen faucet.

For this purpose just loosen the screws using the socket wrench that you have in the toolbox. If the screws that hold the faucet are tight enough to hold you back then try using oil or grease solution on to it and wait for some time. The grease will make the screw to loosen and then now try removing it with the socket wrench.

5. Finally, remove the hose

Once you remove all the nuts and bolts from the faucet, it will get removed from the sink. The nuts and bolts are the final ones that hold the faucet to the sink. Once they are removed then the faucet will get detached. Now remove the hose from the faucet. Every faucet will have a long hose attached to them. Remove them before you clean or inspect them for damage or possible repair.

If you ask my opinion I will recommend you to inspect the faucet for any damage and repair it if possible before making a new purchase. Most of the faulty faucets have minor mistakes in them, on repairing they will start functioning as a new one instead of buying a new one.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which tool is the best alternative to basin wrench to remove the faucet?

The best alternative for a basin wrench is the multi-purpose wrench. It serves multipurpose. So it is better to have one in-home if you are a DIY over. They can easily help you to remove the faucet from the sink.

2. What if the screw is too tight and rusty to remove?

If you find the mounting screw is too tight or rusty then you must use the penetrating oil. Spray the penetrating oil over the mounting screws and wait for some time. This will melt the rust and loosen the screw and making it easy to remove.

Note: If you are not aware of what you are doing then it is highly recommended to seek professional help instead of doing it yourself. Else it might lead to damaged water hoses or losing any minute part of the faucet. Also, make sure to handle the hose properly and never let it leak on the floor.


Even without the use of basin wrenches you can remove the faucet completely using the socket wrench and few other basic tools. Also, you need to have a little knowledge of the basic usage of the tools. 

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