Sometimes, the biggest obstacle standing in your way of working on your own plumbing issues is a nut that is stubbornly stuck in place. Here are a few things to try if you run across a nut on your plumbing fixtures that is stubbornly stuck in place when you are trying to work on your plumbing system.

The Reason Behind Stuck Nuts On A Plumbing Fixture

There are a few reasons why a nut may have become stuck on your plumbing fixture. One of the most common reasons is that the nut was over tightened when it was put on before.

It may also have become stuck due to lime, rust or calcium deposits. These deposits can build up around nuts on a plumbing fixture and make the nut get stuck.

Remove Mineral Deposits

The first thing you need to do is remove any mineral deposits that have build up on or around the nut. To do this, all you need is a bottle of white vinegar and a wire brush. Pour enough white vinegar over the area to cover the nut and all the mineral deposits. Then, take your wire brush and scrub back and forth until the deposits loosen up. Once they loosen up, rinse them away with a little water and use a rag to dry the area. Let the area dry before moving onto the next step.

You may need to reapply the vinegar, scrub and wash away the deposits a few times before the area is cleared. To keep the mess to a minimum, put a bowl or bucket under the nut to catch all the water and debris.

Loosen With A Wrench

After the mineral deposits have been removed, get out your wrench. First, attach the wrench to the nut and see if you can turn it counter-clockwise. If that doesn't work, try turning the nut clockwise. Although turning it clockwise and tightening it may seem a little silly, in the end, it will help you out. If you can get the nut to turn clockwise, you should be able to then get it to turn counter-clockwise. Sometimes, you have to tighten a nut in order to loosen it.

Hit The Nut With A Hammer

If that doesn't work, hold onto the nut with your wrench and tap the top gently with a hammer. Tapping it with a hammer could move the nut just enough that you'll be able to turn it. After you do this, repeat the directions under in the previous section.

Heat Up The Nut

If the nut is still refusing to budge, you may need to heat it up. Hold a hair dryer right over the nut on the hottest setting. The heat from your hair dryer will make the metal the nut is made out of expand. Once again, movement is generally the key to removing a stuck nut.

After heating up the nut for a minute or so, see if you can now loosen it with a wrench. Remember to try both counter-clockwise and clockwise. Once you get it moving, you should be able to remove it.

Lubricate It

Finally, if the above methods don't work, you may need to lubricate the nut. Purchase some lubrication from the hardware store, and spray it all over the nut. Let the nut sit for a couple of hours, and then try the nut again with your wrench. If the nut doesn't budge, repeat this process every couple of hours for a day or so until the nut loosens up.