…a RIDGID Faucet and Sink Installer Tool.
I also would have accepted the following:
- Part of a ray gun or space ship
I can imagine scenarios for which this $20 device would be ideal. When I bought it, I’m pretty sure I imagined my scenario – the simple, swap-out of a broken kitchen faucet – was one of them.
It has a hollow core, great for working around supply lines, but it’s nearly impossible to get enough leverage to make the tool do its thing when you’re jacked up under a sink trying to loosen a stuck hex nut – exactly the situation for which this little device was intended. This could of course be my fault and not the tool’s, since I’ve got noodle-weak arms. Usually, I can figure a work-around to my weakness – leverage, a hammer, a running-start – but these are not options when you’re on your back under a sink.
They rate products for suitable age ranges, why not for strength levels? Say: “This tool is rated for DIYers with a BMI of 22 or under and may pose risks of failure when used by the less-toned.” Just a thought.
As it turned out, the reason I couldn’t get the tool to work was because the hex and basin nuts on the old faucet were glued – yes, glued – in place (Why was this necessary? Were they a flight risk?). Ended up having to detach all plumbing and remove the entire sink to gain access, then had to brutalize the joints with a hammer until the seals broke and the nuts could finally be removed.
And that, kids, is how a half-hour renovation project can swallow your entire evening.
Annoying? Sure. And totally worth it.
To rehash, here’s the broken kitchen faucet and sink BEFORE: