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I am installing a new kitchen faucet and have two problems. Number one the plastic flange njuts that hold the old faucet to the sink won't come off. I tried to loosen them with WD-40 and white vinegar. No luck. I can't seem to get a wrench to grip it. Second, I bought new vinyl mesh supply lines to replace the old rigid plastic ones. The old plastic has a 1/2 nut on one end and a 3/8 or 1/4 inch threaded nut with a compression ring on the other end fitted to a copper pipe. I tried to loosen the nut that held the threaded 3/8 or 1/4 threads figuring it was screwed on. It wasn't. It was soldered and I broke the seal with my wrench. Is there a product I can use to restore the seal so I can go back to the hardware store and buy other supply lines. I guess they still make the rigid ones.

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First of all, you need a faucet wrench. It's about 12 inches long, has a t-handle on one end and jaws on the other -- this will grip the plastic nuts to remove them.

I'm not sure what is meant by breaking the seal. If the soldered fitting broke loose, the best approach is to cut the copper pipe off past the damage and solder a new fitting on it necessary for the new hose to screw onto it.

There are a lot of ways to solve this problem -- if you can't manage the soldering, we can discuss other options.

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