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    nidaarose Guest

    Default How to stop the leak under the kitchen sink?


    I just unclogged the kitchen sink...
    There was blockage in the plastic pipe so I undid the ring and scooped
    it out. NOW my problem is that the brass pipe right below the sink basin
    is leaking. The pipe is sliding up and down and the ring seems to be
    tight. Do I need a sealant or have I made the problem worse. If I wrench
    off the ring and re-tighten it will that do...




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    nidaarose

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    Nad R Guest

    Default Re: How to stop the leak under the kitchen sink?

    nidaarose <[email protected]> wrote:
    > I just unclogged the kitchen sink...
    > There was blockage in the plastic pipe so I undid the ring and scooped
    > it out. NOW my problem is that the brass pipe right below the sink basin
    > is leaking. The pipe is sliding up and down and the ring seems to be
    > tight. Do I need a sealant or have I made the problem worse. If I wrench
    > off the ring and re-tighten it will that do...


    Plumbers putty may help.

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    Enjoy Life... Nad R (Garden in zone 5a Michigan)

  3. #3
    Polly Esther Guest

    Default Re: How to stop the leak under the kitchen sink?

    It should. Be sure to replace the gasket and be sure to hold everything
    (else) steady and in line. Polly
    "nidaarose" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >
    > I just unclogged the kitchen sink...
    > There was blockage in the plastic pipe so I undid the ring and scooped
    > it out. NOW my problem is that the brass pipe right below the sink basin
    > is leaking. The pipe is sliding up and down and the ring seems to be
    > tight. Do I need a sealant or have I made the problem worse. If I wrench
    > off the ring and re-tighten it will that do...
    >
    >
    >
    >
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    > nidaarose



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    sf Guest

    Default Re: How to stop the leak under the kitchen sink?

    On Fri, 24 Jun 2011 08:10:33 +0000, nidaarose
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    > I just unclogged the kitchen sink...
    > There was blockage in the plastic pipe so I undid the ring and scooped
    > it out. NOW my problem is that the brass pipe right below the sink basin
    > is leaking. The pipe is sliding up and down and the ring seems to be
    > tight. Do I need a sealant or have I made the problem worse. If I wrench
    > off the ring and re-tighten it will that do...


    Welcome to the wild world of home repair. Call a plumber, sounds like
    you need one.

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    I love cooking with wine.
    Sometimes I even put it in the food.

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    Steve Pope Guest

    Default Re: How to stop the leak under the kitchen sink?

    sf <[email protected]> wrote:
    >On Fri, 24 Jun 2011 08:10:33 +0000, nidaarose
    ><[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> I just unclogged the kitchen sink...
    >> There was blockage in the plastic pipe so I undid the ring and scooped
    >> it out. NOW my problem is that the brass pipe right below the sink basin
    >> is leaking. The pipe is sliding up and down and the ring seems to be
    >> tight. Do I need a sealant or have I made the problem worse. If I wrench
    >> off the ring and re-tighten it will that do...

    >
    >Welcome to the wild world of home repair. Call a plumber, sounds like
    >you need one.


    I agree a plumber can fix this. From the description it is hard to
    tell which parts of the assemblage are plastic and which are brass,
    but it doesn't really matter.

    In my opinion there is no "sealant" needed in this assembly. One might
    use teflon pipe tape but even if left out it should not leak. It's
    probably assembled together wrong, or some component has a hole
    punched through.

    You got a bucket under it? Then you're probably okay for the time being.

    Steve

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    J. Clarke Guest

    Default Re: How to stop the leak under the kitchen sink?

    In article <sbq907lsscpt5sh1hrpb6t6md3b[email protected]>, [email protected]
    says...
    >
    > On Fri, 24 Jun 2011 08:10:33 +0000, nidaarose
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >
    > > I just unclogged the kitchen sink...
    > > There was blockage in the plastic pipe so I undid the ring and scooped
    > > it out. NOW my problem is that the brass pipe right below the sink basin
    > > is leaking. The pipe is sliding up and down and the ring seems to be
    > > tight. Do I need a sealant or have I made the problem worse. If I wrench
    > > off the ring and re-tighten it will that do...

    >
    > Welcome to the wild world of home repair. Call a plumber, sounds like
    > you need one.


    Before calling plumber, investigate. Pull the ring, look for a washer,
    inspect the washer. Sometimes when a pipe is loosened the washer splits
    and won't ever seal again. It's maybe a 50 cent part if your hardware
    store has one. Otherwise it's 5 bucks or so for a replacement for the
    whole plastic assembly including the washers. Either way, it's a lot
    cheaper than a plumber.



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    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: How to stop the leak under the kitchen sink?

    On 24/06/2011 4:10 AM, nidaarose wrote:
    > I just unclogged the kitchen sink...
    > There was blockage in the plastic pipe so I undid the ring and scooped
    > it out. NOW my problem is that the brass pipe right below the sink basin
    > is leaking. The pipe is sliding up and down and the ring seems to be
    > tight. Do I need a sealant or have I made the problem worse. If I wrench
    > off the ring and re-tighten it will that do...
    >


    Don't call a plumber until you have tried to do it yourself. Those guys
    charge a lot of money for a job that you should be able to do yourself
    with a few minutes and a little bit of knowledge. It helps to have arms
    like a monkey.

    You may have to buy a new drain and tail piece. They are not expensive
    and it comes with a set of seals, one for the top and one for the
    bottom. Then there is a lock nut. The tail piece should then slip into
    the P trap.

    http://www.plumbinghelp.ca/howto_kitchen_sink_drain.php

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    Nad R Guest

    Default Re: How to stop the leak under the kitchen sink?

    Dave Smith <[email protected]> wrote:
    > On 24/06/2011 4:10 AM, nidaarose wrote:
    >> I just unclogged the kitchen sink...
    >> There was blockage in the plastic pipe so I undid the ring and scooped
    >> it out. NOW my problem is that the brass pipe right below the sink basin
    >> is leaking. The pipe is sliding up and down and the ring seems to be
    >> tight. Do I need a sealant or have I made the problem worse. If I wrench
    >> off the ring and re-tighten it will that do...
    >>

    >
    > Don't call a plumber until you have tried to do it yourself. Those guys
    > charge a lot of money for a job that you should be able to do yourself
    > with a few minutes and a little bit of knowledge. It helps to have arms like a monkey.
    >
    > You may have to buy a new drain and tail piece. They are not expensive
    > and it comes with a set of seals, one for the top and one for the bottom.
    > Then there is a lock nut. The tail piece should then slip into the P trap.
    >
    > http://www.plumbinghelp.ca/howto_kitchen_sink_drain.php


    Sounds like the sink is still plugged up.
    Run down to home depot and get this very good book. I have it and it has
    helped allot. Get the HOME DEPOT 123 Book, well worth it!

    Sinks often require specialized tools that make the job easier.

    http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...cStoreNum=2733

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    Enjoy Life... Nad R (Garden in zone 5a Michigan)

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    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: How to stop the leak under the kitchen sink?

    On 24/06/2011 6:54 PM, Nad R wrote:

    >
    > Sounds like the sink is still plugged up.



    I got the impression from the OPs description that it was the tailpiece
    that is moving up and down, which would indicate a problem with the
    train itself. OTOH it could be that the tailpiece is moving up and down
    in the trap. If that it the case, it might just need to be tightened a
    bit more. Or...... a new collar and washer.


    > Run down to home depot and get this very good book. I have it and it has
    > helped allot. Get the HOME DEPOT 123 Book, well worth it!
    >
    > Sinks often require specialized tools that make the job easier.
    >
    > http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...cStoreNum=2733
    >


    Is that a binder? It looks like a book I bought in binder form years
    ago. It has been handy.



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    Tom Biasi Guest

    Default Re: How to stop the leak under the kitchen sink?



    "nidaarose" wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..


    I just unclogged the kitchen sink...
    There was blockage in the plastic pipe so I undid the ring and scooped
    it out. NOW my problem is that the brass pipe right below the sink basin
    is leaking. The pipe is sliding up and down and the ring seems to be
    tight. Do I need a sealant or have I made the problem worse. If I wrench
    off the ring and re-tighten it will that do...

    If you cut yourself and are bleeding profusely, make sure you post here
    before calling for help.
    BTW: My shed roof is leaking, what kind of tomato paste should I use?



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    Nad R Guest

    Default Re: How to stop the leak under the kitchen sink?

    Dave Smith <[email protected]> wrote:
    > On 24/06/2011 6:54 PM, Nad R wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> Sounds like the sink is still plugged up.

    >
    >
    > I got the impression from the OPs description that it was the tailpiece
    > that is moving up and down, which would indicate a problem with the train
    > itself. OTOH it could be that the tailpiece is moving up and down in the
    > trap. If that it the case, it might just need to be tightened a bit more.
    > Or...... a new collar and washer.
    >
    >
    >> Run down to home depot and get this very good book. I have it and it has
    >> helped allot. Get the HOME DEPOT 123 Book, well worth it!
    >>
    >> Sinks often require specialized tools that make the job easier.
    >>
    >>
    >> http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...cStoreNum=2733
    >>

    >
    > Is that a binder? It looks like a book I bought in binder form years ago.
    > It has been handy.


    Hardback, a very useful book for basic household repairs.

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    Enjoy Life... Nad R (Garden in zone 5a Michigan)

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    Steve Pope Guest

    Default Re: How to stop the leak under the kitchen sink?

    Dave Smith <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On 24/06/2011 6:54 PM, Nad R wrote:


    >> Sounds like the sink is still plugged up.


    >I got the impression from the OPs description that it was the tailpiece
    >that is moving up and down, which would indicate a problem with the
    >drain itself. OTOH it could be that the tailpiece is moving up and down
    >in the trap. If that it the case, it might just need to be tightened a
    >bit more. Or...... a new collar and washer.


    Or the drain could be plugged up further down the line. Normally,
    even if the undersink trap pipes have lost integrity, there is
    no leak or very little leak until the drains start running slow.

    Basically you have two failures: slow or stopped drain, and a bad
    pipe. You need both failures to get a full-scale leak.

    Steve

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    spamtrap1888 Guest

    Default Re: How to stop the leak under the kitchen sink?

    On Jun 24, 5:02*pm, Dave Smith <adavid.sm...@sympatico.ca> wrote:
    > On 24/06/2011 6:54 PM, Nad R wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > > Sounds like the sink is still plugged up.

    >
    > I got the impression from the OPs description that it was the tailpiece
    > that is moving up and down, which would indicate a problem with the
    > train itself. *OTOH it could be that the tailpiece is moving up and down
    > in the trap. If that it the case, it might just need to be tightened a
    > bit more. Or...... *a new collar and washer.


    The slip nut washer is cracked 90% of the time when I have to play Mr
    At-Home Plumber. Make sure you get an exact match, or just buy a new
    slip nut and washer. In that case, make sure it fits the tailpipe.

    http://www.azpartsmaster.com/images/...op/6060_th.jpg



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    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: How to stop the leak under the kitchen sink?

    spamtrap1888 wrote:
    >
    >The slip nut washer is cracked 90% of the time when I have to play Mr
    >At-Home Plumber. Make sure you get an exact match, or just buy a new
    >slip nut and washer. In that case, make sure it fits the tailpipe.
    >
    >http://www.azpartsmaster.com/images/...op/6060_th.jpg


    Sounds more like an impacted spamtrap... and apply some bag balm to
    your cracked nipples. hehe

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    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: How to stop the leak under the kitchen sink?

    On 24/06/2011 10:53 PM, Steve Pope wrote:

    >
    >>> Sounds like the sink is still plugged up.

    >
    >> I got the impression from the OPs description that it was the tailpiece
    >> that is moving up and down, which would indicate a problem with the
    >> drain itself. OTOH it could be that the tailpiece is moving up and down
    >> in the trap. If that it the case, it might just need to be tightened a
    >> bit more. Or...... a new collar and washer.

    >
    > Or the drain could be plugged up further down the line. Normally,
    > even if the undersink trap pipes have lost integrity, there is
    > no leak or very little leak until the drains start running slow.
    >
    > Basically you have two failures: slow or stopped drain, and a bad
    > pipe. You need both failures to get a full-scale leak.



    No. All you need is a bad pipe or a bad joint, and you are likely to get
    a full scale leak every time water runs down the pipe.

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