Last week I decided to finally get a new faucet. Much to my surprise, the previous owner had installed the last one horribly. All of the nuts where misthreaded and stripped and it worked out to be a 6 hour pain. I wound up having to take the entire counter apart to get good leverage on loosening and remove everything.
An astonishing amount of gook can accumulate on the underside of the faucet over the years.
The counter with the back panel removed.
The underside of the old faucet.
Here is the finished product