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Anyone else have probelms with it? I absolutely love it, esp for stuck faucet retainer nuts and water supplies,
but the teeth keep breaking off when removing stuck tub basket strainers. The last one broke on the first use, and it
was installing a brand new strainer that hadn't even been fully tightened.
I hate to buy a separate tool, but I need a decent basket strainer wrench that won't break. What does everyone else use?
I'll still keep the Ridgid tool for faucet nuts, since I will not use a basin wrench.
 

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For basket strainers, just take a piece of copper pipe or steel pipe and cut notches in the end. I had one tub strainer that was so corroded in place after 70 years the ONLY tool that worked was a piece of 1-1/4" black iron pipe with notches cut in it. The tub was set in the slab and they would notice the floor being moist after a couple showers.

When you use the pipe with notches it's great because you can drill a hole through for a rod/screwdriver, or even use a pipe wrench on it. For this reason and as cheaters I always keep some pieces of 1/2" through 1-1/2" steel pipe on the van.

I highly suggest you get a tube socket set.
 
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Excellent idea about the notched pipe. Thanks.
The tube sockets don't have the slit to accomodate the supply line. I love that feature.
The funny thing is, it is the cast aluminum teeth that keep breaking on those Ridgids, not the plastic.
 

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I have that Ridgid tool but never think about grabbing it for basket strainers. I’ve always just used my needle nose pliers in the grate to hold it.
 

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I end up using the needle nose when the ridgid breaks, but they tend to leave marks. Even though it gets covered with the strainer I don't like it.
 

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I use my tube sockets like this. Did it friday changing out this kohler wide spread faucet. You can also use a piece of pipe with a hole drilled through and a nut/bolt to make a longer socket. I threaded the 3/8" rod that came with the set and also tapped some 5/16" ball valve balls from a watts washing machine valve to use as end caps. Holds everything together nicely.

The 1-1/2" element socket is a nice addition too, fits a lot of those tall, single hole faucet bodies. You could cut some notches into the round end and use it for kitchen sink baskets.

My only gripe is none of the tube sockets fits the 7/8" flats of central brass three handle shower valve stems. We have A LOT of those CB three handles, more common than moen 1200's. For the CBs I cut the back off a 7/8" deep socket and had it welded to a piece of 3/4" steel pipe to make an extra long socket.


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The funny thing is, it is the cast aluminum teeth that keep breaking on those Ridgids, not the plastic.
Because it's not pure/good aluminum, it's the same zinc mix diecast potmetal they use for hot wheels cars and their pipe cutter bodies.
 

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You don't have to get the ones labeled as "superior tool", just make sure it's the nickel plated set, they are made from better steel than the galvanized ones. They also resist corrosion better. It isn't shown but it will come with a short piece of 9mm steel rod, just shy of 3/8", you can thread it easily like I did for ball ends.

The pasco "smart dumbell" is sold under several different brands and can be handy too. Though I find on the really tough strainers it slips and a notched pipe works better.

There's also the schofield strainer wrench which has a nut on it so it will stay on, I can see it being very handy although I've never had one.

I use WB deluxe strainer baskets, with the one 1-1/2" thread brass nut I almost never need a second wrench.



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The tube sockets don't have the slit to accomodate the supply line. I love that feature.
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Not sure what you mean. Are you talking about the wide spread faucet valve bodies that have the 1/2" IP connection on the side?
 
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I like these Channel locks for:
basket strainer nuts, the nut for the overflow on a toilet tank, unions on Ptraps etc..
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I like these Channel locks for:
basket strainer nuts, the nut for the overflow on a toilet tank, unions on Ptraps etc..
I just use my "bigazz" channellocks, I think they're the 20" model. Or I just use my angle grinder.
 
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I just use my "bigazz" channellocks, I think they're the 20" model. Or I just use my angle grinder.
I have them too, but they’re way to big..
come to the light side, an I haven’t carried my 20” channel locks in years, nor have I needed an angle Grinder.. sometimes a jr hacksaw.
 

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I use my tube sockets like this. Did it friday changing out this kohler wide spread faucet. You can also use a piece of pipe with a hole drilled through and a nut/bolt to make a longer socket. I threaded the 3/8" rod that came with the set and also tapped some 5/16" ball valve balls from a watts washing machine valve to use as end caps. Holds everything together nicely.

The 1-1/2" element socket is a nice addition too, fits a lot of those tall, single hole faucet bodies. You could cut some notches into the round end and use it for kitchen sink baskets.

My only gripe is none of the tube sockets fits the 7/8" flats of central brass three handle shower valve stems. We have A LOT of those CB three handles, more common than moen 1200's. For the CBs I cut the back off a 7/8" deep socket and had it welded to a piece of 3/4" steel pipe to make an extra long socket.


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That’s a great pro tip, those nuts are tough to grip with a basin wrench.
 

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If I had nothing else to use but a basin wrench I think I might quit plumbing. I'm sure there's a technique that I never bothered to try to master, but in this one case I'll remain happily ignorant.
 
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