I can't loosen my packing nut!

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  1. mrtomato

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    Hi all.
    I'm having problems loosening the packing nut on a bath tap. The cold one was fine, but there's a lot of gunk around the hot and it simply won't budge.
    I'm not going to use my adjustable spanner anymore as the nut is wearing down with every pull.

    Should I use WD40? Can anyone suggest a method of loosening it?

    Thanks. :( :confused:
     
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    take it your using basin wrench
    get some one push aginst the tap that should help crack the nut
     
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    Thanks for replying.

    I'm using an adjustable spanner with the screwy thing on it (spot the professional!).

    I've tried with all my might, but the outside of the nut has started to wear down the more force I've applied.

    Any suggestions?
     
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    A proper fitting spanner and a large wrench or similar to brace against the tap.
     
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    Absolute sod when this happens...use either the correct size box spanner or a deep drive 1/2" socket with a ratchet wrench. WD40 does help to soften the sealant thats been used, but it does take a while.
    There was the one dreadful occasion when I had to grind the tap away....
    :evil:
    John :)
     
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    only ever used spanner in an install
    get basin wrench their cheap
    then gripit
    also once used angle grinder on cc toilet to get cistern of was realy nervous about cracking it
     
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    ie. the gland nut - not the large fixing nut under the bath :idea:
     
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    Ooops not the back nut then :oops:
    Time for the mole grips.....
    John :)
     
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