I peeled it apart and banged it out.
One mistake I made though, was not purchasing a WIDE flange
Apparently the flange on the new basket is slightly less wide
than the original, so, the rust at the edge of the sink is
My mistake was in not knowing that ahead of time (which my
sister pointed out to me).
On Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:09:32 -0400, Ralph Mowery wrote:
Thanks for that idea.
The biggest problem I had in assembly was that I couldn't figure
out the rather simple instructions for the life of me.
The kit came with *two* different types of nylon bushings:
One bushing was beveled, and I used that on the horizontal end.
But the other bushing was sqaured, and I couldn't figure out how
to use that squared bushing.
Nothing whatsoever I tried seemed to make any sense.
Googling, I found NOBODY used a square bushing on that end
(they used the square bushing only at the plastic-to-metal interface).
So, I gave up on the square bushing, and re-used an old beveled nylon
How was I supposed to use the SQUARE nylon bushing?
NOTE: The instructions show it clearly as #3 but those instructions
can't possibly work, as I tried it in that configuration and
if fell apart every time.
On Sat, 29 Mar 2014 20:37:55 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I'm not sure what that means.
I made a whole bunch of mistakes, but, at least the result is
much *better* than the jury-rigged contraption that was there
initially, mostly held together with putty.
Since I had assembled and disassembled the pipes quite a few times
trying to figure out how to properly use the squared bushing (before
I gave up on it), I found this particular pair of pliers handy:
The package came with the following:
- One elbow pipe with only one threaded end
- Two plastic nuts
- One beveled washer
- One squared washer
I used the beveled washer for the non-threaded end of the pipe.
So that left me with only the squared washer.
Looking at the instructions, I'm supposed to use the squared washer.
But, nothing I did made any sense.
So, in exasperation (with my sister asking what was taking so long
to follow the simple instructions), I just re-used the old beveled
But, I really wish I understood how that squared washer was supposed
to work - because I couldn't figure it out!
Googling, I see almost everyone uses TWO beveled washers (one on
each end), so, it's confusing to me why the squared washer even
I should have made it clear that the metal sink strainer already
came with its own shoulder bushing, so I already used a shoulder
bushing at the top of the plastic tailpipe.
The elbow came with another shoulder bushing, and only one
My dilemma was that I was essentially missing a beveled bushing,
but, if I followed the instructions, the entire pipe kept falling
apart in my hands.
So, there's something very wrong with this picture.
I just don't know how those instructions could possibly have been
followed by anyone.
In hindsight, the funny thing is that my sister kept telling me that
the guy who installed the Kenmore filtering system was far faster than
I was, when all I was doing was replacing the existing plumbing and he
was putting in an entire expensive filtering system in.
Hey, don't take this personally, but your sister sounds like a PITA -
unless she was good naturedly picking on you like family can do.
If she was serious about how long it was taking you to complete the job and
complaining that you can't follow simple instructions, I'd tell her to call
the Kenmore guy back. Make sure she reminds him to bring his glue.
On Sun, 30 Mar 2014 01:10:32 +0000, Danny D. wrote:
0. Some repair people will *glue* a kitchen basket strainer on, and,
if they do, you will have to destroy it in order to remove it.
1. The reason *my* strainer ring was impossible to remove without
destroying it was that it was glued on (see above).
2. When buying a repair kit, don't assume all the parts are provided.
Specifically, buy an extra beveled washer!
3. Pay attention to the width of the lip of the replacement kitchen
strainer; it needs to be equal to or larger in width to the original.
4. Use plumbers putty (instead of glue) to waterproof the kitchen
strainer basket; putting an oil on top of the opened container of
plumber's putty should help preserve it for future use.
5. If at all possible, get a new sister if she continues to
complain about how long it takes you to do the job!
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