Need help with kitchen sink disaster.

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & ' started by distraught22, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. distraught22

    distraught22 New Member

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    I noticed a small pole of water leaking from under my cabinet today. I opened it up only to see giant puddles of black water everywhere. My pipe had burst and it was a huge mess.

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    So I go down to the hardware store to get some parts, and they gave me a P-Trap (I think I'm saying that right, the pipe that looks like a backwards J), a wrench, and some putty. I go home and attempt to install the new P-trap. The left hand bolts come off fine, but when I go to remove the right hand ones, EVERYTHING CRUMBLES!

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    I couldn't believe what happened, I didn't mean to make things worse. Now the pipe that was connecting to it is totally destroyed as well and I don't know what to do. I am terrified and I don't want to live like this. What do I have to do? Please help me.
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  2. cwhyu2

    cwhyu2 Consultant

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    You need to remove the trap arm from the pipe in the wall, then put a trap adapter on the on the theaded pipe.Then install new trap arm and P-trap.
  3. distraught22

    distraught22 New Member

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    I keep trying to get a grip on that nut with my wrench but it won't stay on.
    It keeps slipping and shaking.

    I've never done this before and I'm afraid if I apply too much pressure it'll make things even worse.
  4. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Nope just grab on to it and bust it loose.

    There isn't anything there that will break unless it already needed replacing...

    I usually just use a pair of channel lock pliers...
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    You would have the part you need to replace if the hardware store had sold you a "complete" P trap instead of just the ""U" bend. If you damage the slip nut on the pipe from the wall, use one from the old P trap to replace it. You will need a new gasket/washer, however. Either take your J bend back and get a P trap, or buy a "wall bend" to replace the broken one.
  6. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    And return the plumbers putty while you are there.
  7. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Unless you are replacing the basket strainer, that is the only place you would use it in the kitchen.
  8. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    I should have added to my advice about returning the putty, that you don't need Teflon tape or any other sealant on slip joint fittings. Assemble hand tight then a little more with channel lock pliers or a small pipe wrench. Don't over do it. If you don't get them quite tight enough, then a little more tightening will stop a small drip.
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