help ! can't remove hoses from washer faucet

tofu_flavoredMay 18, 2010

I posted this over in Plumbing also...

I'm trying to replace the hoses on my clothes washer - just moved to this place and noticed that one of the hoses leaks when I turn on the water (it was off when I first moved in). It leaks where the hose connects to the water supply faucet (not where it connects directly to the washer). However, I CANNOT remove the old hoses. I had my boyfriend try with channel locks, and they just didn't budge. It almost looks like the hoses are melded on to the spigots. Is there a way to loosen the old hoses? Lubricant? Or do I just need to call a plumber? Any help appreciated!

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gzec

You need a new boyfriend.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 1:27PM
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kudzu9

Channel locks, a pipe wrench, or vise grips should all work. Are you sure you are turning them the right way?

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 6:44PM
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hendricus

Righty-tighty, lefty-loosey. Use one wrench on the faucet to hold it and one on the hose and bear away. if you ruin it... well you were going to replace it anyway.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 10:12PM
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graywings123

This kind of stuff happens. DH couldn't get a valve under his mother's kitchen sink to budge. Called in a plumber and with all the tools available to him, he couldn't get it to budge either. He had to call in a second guy to help him. And even then they worked for some time on it and I think they ended up cutting it off.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2010 at 12:25PM
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susanjf_gw

try some wd40 overnight...and try again.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2010 at 8:38PM
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mongoct

Not a boyfriend. You need a manfriend.

Penetrating oil overnight.

You could even try heating it with a propane torch. Judiciously of course, and it does depend on the surroundings. I'd first cut the hose off the stuck coupling.

If you can't unthread it, one time I used a hacksaw to cut through the metal of the hose-end coupling, then peeled it back a bit, then it unthreaded off with vise-grips.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2010 at 2:04AM
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brickeyee

"If you can't unthread it, one time I used a hacksaw to cut through the metal of the hose-end coupling, then peeled it back a bit, then it unthreaded off with vise-grips."

The threads on a hose coupling play no part in sealing the joint except to hold the hose washer tight against the face of the hose bib.

Slight damage to the threads from making a cut through the coupling will not cause a problem.

WD-40 is not a penetrating oil and will not do very much.
Auto parts stores have decent penetrating oils.

Liquid Wrench remains the old standby, but it works better on steel fasteners than brass or copper.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2010 at 9:45AM
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sierraeast

If you have high alkaline deposits in your area,(white deposits around the connects), you might try some distilled vinegar soaking awhile if possible.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2010 at 10:32AM
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tofu_flavored

I've tried the Liquid Wrench. The problem is that the connection is in a small niche, and they are at this angle that makes getting liquid up into them difficult. I actually tried to "inject" the oil into the connection using a hypodermic needle and syringe, but it didn't seem to work - I could see the oil just pooling and running down the faucet. I may try to heat it.
I do appreciate all the advice!

    Bookmark   May 22, 2010 at 10:50AM
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hendricus

If you are trying the propane heating method after you put oil on.........well,, I wouldn't do that....especially what happened the first time. It was real exciting though.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2010 at 11:51AM
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tofu_flavored

Here's the outcome, $150 later! I had a plumber over. He managed to remove one hose from the faucet using a LOT of strength (and he turned the water on and banged the faucet to loosen things). The other faucet - well, the hose wouldn't come off and he had to replace the whole bib/faucet thing. Now I can do laundry. :) Thanks again for all the suggestions!

    Bookmark   May 26, 2010 at 4:18PM
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