A week ago I got tired of the bathroom sink being such a slow drain and took the trap off and cleaned it, the pipe and the stopper.
Its all plastic except the throat pipe.
I put everything back together too. Difference being that I remembered -- I think -- that the trap was hand-tighten. I used a pair of water pump pliers to get it off and to put it back on. Last time, years ago i think, I hand tightened it but I have lost a lot of strength in my hands and forearms since then.
However, I have a small problem. Since I put it back together, the pipe has been leaking at a pretty good clip around the 'throat' where it goes into the trap.
Somewhere around here I have some teflon tape but am unsure if I need it on the threads or the pipe itself, or in the case of plastic if at all. The throat I refer to is the straight piece of chromed pipe from the sink.
There is a nylon (?) collar which is supposed to tighten (I assume) to stop this leakage at the throat.
I had hoped that it would quit leaking on it's own but that has not happened and i have a bucket under it to catch the considerable leak. All I have to do is forget to empty that bucket every day and i got serious problems with water on the floor besides rotting out the undersink flooring.
It is 20 years old. Any ideas?