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My kohler faucet has a round stem nut with 2 flat sides.. cannot get bonnet cover off...any ideas

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Take a cloth and lay over the top of the stem so as not to damage it. With pliers, grasp the top of the stem and turn it a quarter turn counter clockwise. The stem should lift right out.

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Probably has water deposit minerals build up on it. Push and or pull with pliers until freely moves,soak in Lime away solvent ,toothbrush on.

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you will have to gently pry them up and out,or grasp real good and work them out.nothing else is holding them down.

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That is a common problem and one that is very hard to fix once the water has been leaking for a time...the leaking water will leave a mineral residue that will keep you from being able to adjust the brass nut that you say will not move....
What you really need to do to stop the leak is to turn the brass nut down, or tighter to put more pressure on the packing around the stem to keep it from leaking...
If you cannot turn the nut anymore then you have no choice but to replace the faucet... if you force the brass nut too hard you will break the faucet anyway...
I have tried to use a penetrating oil like PB Blaster or WD-40 with limited maybe worth a try...just be careful that over spray and run off do not ruin the finish on the sink...


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