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can replacing faucets be this hard???

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Joined: Mar 20 2003

My husband is a pretty good DIY-er. With some time off he has committed to changing out all of our faucets. Bless his heart. Problem is that he cannot remove the flanges from the sink drains, which he needs to do in order to insert the new plug mechanism. Everywhere we have read online these flanges should just "pop out" or at least come off with a little WD40 and a slighting tapping of a hammer. These flanges in our sinks WON'T budge.

I'm wondering if any of you have had this situation before. We're actually SoCal so our sinks are 1966-ish and have the metal edging sealed over formica countertops. Could it really be possible that the flanges can't be removed???

Help us if you can, please!!! Thanks in advance.

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Joined: Jun 28 2003

Use a hand held blow torch, under the sink to heat up the threads.

After spending hours on mine this is what a neighbor suggested and the threads broke loose.

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