I have been confronted with what seems a curious problem with respect
to a basin in a bathroom. Specifically, the hole where the plug goes
When I've worked with these plugholes before the assembly has had a
central vertical screw or shaft holding it together. Not so this one -
it has a small round filter which drops into the top of the plughole,
seemingly unattached - that is, you can just pick it up and remove it.
When you remove it you've got this 1.5in (or thereabouts - standard
size for a basin) hole disappearing down to the gubbins beneath. If I
replaced this assembly from one of the sheds then I'd have a
permanently fixed filter at the top, physically attached via a screw
or shaft to the underlying pipework.
The house is a few years old and I'm leaning towards the idea that
this small round filter which is loose ought to be fixed in place with
some sort of mastic or silicone compound, and that the original goo
may have given way due to age (or maybe broken out by an occupant who
wanted to clean out the sink trap from above).
So, question is, should I glue this filter back into the neck of the
plughole? And if so, what type of sealant should I use for this job?
I'm assuming some sort of clear silicone sealant spread under the rim
of the filter before it is pushed back in.
Sorry if it sounds like a dumb question but I've never seen a basin
plughole quite like this one :)
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