Everyone here seems very knowledgeable so I thought you might be so kind as to help me with this problem. Thank you in advance.
So Ive finally gotten around to replacing my kitchen faucet as it has been leaking a bit. It seemed like a simple enough job. Remove the old one and replace with a new one. Well the previous faucet is a Moen and for some reason they decided to make this a really difficult task.
Ive attached a picture to illustrate the problem.
Basically after removing the washers from the two coverplate bolts I still had the faucet connected by something and it felt stronger than the supply lines. After further inspection it seems that there is a bolt and retaining clip connected to the threaded tailpiece in the center of the faucet holding everything in place in the sink. As this faucet has been leaking it looks quite corroded. I have sprayed WD40 and let it sit but to no avail, I cannot remove the bolt and therefore cannot remove the retaining clip and therefore cannot remove the old faucet.
To be honest its a pretty tight fit and I think it would be a bear removing this even if it was brand new. Plus I cant seem to determine the proper size of the nut and have been using vice grips and an adjustable wrench to try and get at it.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. FYI, Ive tried destroying this thing from the top and it is damn durable. I dont care about the old faucet at all so if it has to be destroyed, great!