How to stop inside of sink pop out from spinning?

I am installing a bathroom sink. I am having trouble screwing the inside rim of the popout to the drain. They call this piece the flange at http://hometips.com/content/popups_intro.html -
I have the sink out of the cabinet. I have the stopper out. I tried to hold the chrome flange with my left hand while I turn the rest of the drain body from the under side of the sink with my other hand. It worked at first but after the first few turns, the whole inside rim began to turn when I turned the drain pipe. It's not tight yet, there are several threads to go. How can I hold the flange steady so I can turn the drainpipe tight against it? I tried a broomstick, thinking a large dowel might help keep it still but it didn't work.
Is there a gadget for this?
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

In my experience....it is not necessary to hold or turn the flange much.
The way I've done this sort of installation is
place a thin donut of plumber's under the flange install the drain body from below with large flat nut (& washer if included) I just stick two finger into the drain flange & screw the drain body onto it.
the drain body / flange mating threads should screw together easily..no need for any tools
use the large flat nut to draw the flange down into the drain recess in the sink
I tighten the flat nut ust slightly beyond hand tght so I don't squeeze out all the putty.
hope this helps
cheers Bob
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote in

Are you using plumber's putty as BobK207 mentioned? As you tighten the nut, the plumber's putty will create friction between between the flange and sink.
The prime reason for the putty is to seal the flange so it doesn't leak yet it is easily removable after many years. Might be a bit crunchy by then:-)
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Al Bundy wrote:

Yes, I put a rope of plumber's putty underneath the flange. It pinched out the surplus but the flange turned anyway.
I'll try again. Maybe a turn or two of teflon tape would slick up the threads.
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

No need for teflon tape on the threads...might be un-helpful. Threads should fit up smoothly with no friction or effort.
The flange / drain body connection only needs enough grab to hold the two together.
Make up the flange / drain body connection with the drain body shoved up into the sink as far as the flat drain body nut allows.
Clock the assembly as you want it in it's final state (pop up lever hole aft)
Hold the drain body firmly & tighten the flat nut (thus drawing the puttied flange down into the since recess)
If you hold the drain body from turning & just tighten the flat nut....no torque should be transmitted to the flange. If the flange turns at all with respect to the sink there will be a good chnace that the putty will tear & create a leak path.
cheers Bob
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Liquid Nails works if you plan to move soon:-)
Just kidding! DON'T do it.
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