Anyone know of a website showing detailed step by step instructions to
guide someone with zero knowledge about this stuff on how to replace
the large sink-drain gasket that butts up against the bottom of a
kitchen sink? Water is leaking around the gasket which is warped and
separating from the bottom of the sink.
Expect *lots* of things to go wrong on a job like this!
Often, the big nut on the strainer won't loosen.
Some use a hacksaw to cut the nut; I like to drill
thru the edge of the nut in one place.
Figure on a whole day for the job.
Dry the parts with a hair dryer; then squirt silicone
sealant into the nut/gasket area.
If it doesn't work, you can still take it apart
You can find websites with that information, but what you really need
to know is that the hardest part of this job is removing the retaining
ring from the drain. You can buy special wrenches to fit the large
ring. But the problem is that once you apply torque to the ring, the
whole drain usually starts turning.
If you want to save yourself a LOT of time and aggravation, but a
whole new drain assembly (about $15) and a small container of
plumber's putty. Cut the old ring off with either a hacksaw or dremel
tool with a cutting wheel. Once the ring is off, you can remove the
whole drain assembly. It's not the gasket that's causing your leaking
problem. It's deteriorated plumber's putty around the flange of the
Remove the old drain. Clean off all the old putty. Apply a generous
bead of new putty. Then follow the directions packaged with the new
drain. Just remember that the cardboard gasket goes on last. It's
there to prevent the metal retaining ring from sticking to the rubber
gasket above it.
On Thu, 4 Dec 2008 08:04:47 -0800 (PST), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Yep, the problem was indeed with the putty under the flange. BUT, I
only found that out when I tried to loosen the retaining ring/nut. I
lightly tapped the ring on one of the protruding things on the side
and was able to turn it by hand. Unfortunately, the reason it turned
so easily, was that it, along with the gasket, had deteriorated and
just fell apart. There's a nut further down on the straight drain
pipe which is on there pretty solid which I don't think I can get off,
so I'm just going to remove the nut on the other side of the trap,
which I can loosen, and replace everything. If that doesn't work,
then it's on to plan 'B': call someone who actually knows what the
heck they're doing so I can use the sink!
By the way, I did search on google, but there really wasn't all that
much on this, at least that I, with my limited knowledge, was able to
I'll probably make another appearance here before I'm done!
Thanks for the input.
I have the same problem...nobody gives you a detailed list of tools. Monkey
wrench, slip wrench, locking pliers, slip joint pliers.....I am a 67 yr. old
fix-it yourself retired lady but the instructions on each site say something
different!!! I'm going to home depot with a detailed drawing and hope for the
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