Bathroom Sink Drain

Bathroom Sink Drain

You probably haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about your bathroom sink drain pipe. It’s just one of those things, hidden away, that serves its purpose with little attention. And then, one day, it happens. Your sink drain leaks, or it breaks. Perhaps the water is backing up in your sink, and you know it’s clogged. Even if you’ve never touched a pipe in your life, you can repair and replace the drain pipes on a bathroom sink. Just set aside an hour or so when you can concentrate on your work.
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Bathroom Sink Drain

Tighten the Drain Pipe Aaron Stickley From under the sink, hold the pop-up drain pipe with one hand and tighten the nut upwards toward the bottom of the sink. Make sure the part for the pop-up nut is facing straight back towards the wall.Tighten the drain nut with large pliers while continuing to hold it still. Do not over-tighten this nut, but you should not be able to easily spin the drain from side to side by turning the pipe under the sink. Continue to 7 of 9 below.
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Bathroom Sink Drain

From under the sink, hold the pop-up drain pipe with one hand and tighten the nut upwards toward the bottom of the sink. Make sure the part for the pop-up nut is facing straight back towards the wall.Tighten the drain nut with large pliers while continuing to hold it still. Do not over-tighten this nut, but you should not be able to easily spin the drain from side to side by turning the pipe under the sink.
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Bathroom Sink Drain

Push a new washer, followed by a nut, on the sink basket piece that drops below the sink. Squirt or spread plumber’s putty or another approved sink sealant over the threads. Attach the drain connection, hand-tightening only. Test your drain with a little water before removing the bucket underneath the sink.
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Bathroom Sink Drain

6Push a new washer, followed by a nut, on the sink basket piece that drops below the sink. Squirt or spread plumber’s putty or another approved sink sealant over the threads. Attach the drain connection, hand-tightening only. Test your drain with a little water before removing the bucket underneath the sink.
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Bathroom Sink Drain

Black sludge can easily build up in the drain of the bathroom sink from mold and mildew development, as well as toothpaste and other particles you rinse down the sink and thereby allow to accumulate in the drain pipe. A moderately easy process, cleaning away the black sludge will take care of the blockage and leave your sink draining properly.
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Bathroom Sink Drain

Pour 1 cup of distilled white vinegar down the drain onto the baking soda. Cover the drain so the ingredients can work their way down through the pipe. The white vinegar and baking soda will create a foaming reaction, which will work its way down the pipe to disinfect and break apart the sludge, rinsing it down the drain with little work required. Both the vinegar and baking soda work as deodorizers, which will also eliminate the foul odor in the drain caused by the sludge.
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Step 4Pour 1 cup of distilled white vinegar down the drain onto the baking soda. Cover the drain so the ingredients can work their way down through the pipe. The white vinegar and baking soda will create a foaming reaction, which will work its way down the pipe to disinfect and break apart the sludge, rinsing it down the drain with little work required. Both the vinegar and baking soda work as deodorizers, which will also eliminate the foul odor in the drain caused by the sludge.
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Extended Pop-Up Tub Drain – 1-1/2″ Tubing Description: This tub drain and overflow kit includes an extended waste, bell flange, and pop-up drain. This will fit most antique and modern clawfoot tubs, as well as freestanding tubs. Ships in 1 – 2 Business Days View Product close
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Hey Bob, Have you ever heard of the pipe being too long or the sink being too thin to make a good connection? After popping the drain in and screwing the brass lock nut on as far as it will go, there’s still a huge gap between it and the sink. I did put the rubber washer and the white washer on before the brass nut. The two holes in the pipe are below the sink level. Are there different sizes??? Thanks for your help.
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Christine James February 24, 2017 at 12:48 pm # Hey Bob, Have you ever heard of the pipe being too long or the sink being too thin to make a good connection? After popping the drain in and screwing the brass lock nut on as far as it will go, there’s still a huge gap between it and the sink. I did put the rubber washer and the white washer on before the brass nut. The two holes in the pipe are below the sink level. Are there different sizes??? Thanks for your help. Reply
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Hey Bob, Have you ever heard of the pipe being too long or the sink being too thin to make a good connection? After popping the drain in and screwing the brass lock nut on as far as it will go, there’s still a huge gap between it and the sink. I did put the rubber washer and the white washer on before the brass nut. The two holes in the pipe are below the sink level. Are there different sizes??? Thanks for your help. Reply
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Bob Jackson February 24, 2017 at 3:31 pm # That shouldn’t be a problem if the replacement drain body is fully threaded. Did you install the drain first followed by the flange? If the sink is very thin the worst that should happen is the flange can’t be screwed in all the way because it bottoms out on the rubber washer. You can e-mail pictures to bobhandymanhowto.com, replace the with the @ character. Reply
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NOTE: in our photo demonstration, we show the parts being installed with the sink removed from the vanity. This is for visual clarity. In practice, you may be installing the pop-up drain while the sink is in place. 
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If problems persist, purchase a pipe snake from your local hardware or home improvement store. Run the snake down the pipe, which will break up and wash down any buildup in the neck of the drain, where blockage often occurs. This will leave the drain clear of blockage, and draining properly.
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Step 5If problems persist, purchase a pipe snake from your local hardware or home improvement store. Run the snake down the pipe, which will break up and wash down any buildup in the neck of the drain, where blockage often occurs. This will leave the drain clear of blockage, and draining properly.
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To get at the clog, try lifting out the stopper (Photo 1). Sometimes it’ll come right out. If it doesn’t lift out, it’s held in by the pivot rod. Release the stopper by removing the pivot rod nut and pulling out the pivot rod (Photo 3). If you can’t loosen the nut by hand, use pliers. With the pivot rod pulled out, you’ll be able to lift out the stopper. Then to get the clog out, bend a wire in a tight hook (a light-duty clothes hanger or short length of electrical wire will do) and fish out the hair (Photo 2). If you didn’t have to remove the pivot rod to remove the stopper, you can just drop the stopper back down into the drain. If you removed the pivot rod, first drop the stopper into the drain. Then line up the pivot rod with the slot in the stopper and reinsert it. Finally, hand-tighten the pivot rod nut.
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Description: This tub drain and overflow kit includes an extended waste, bell flange, and pop-up drain. This will fit most antique and modern clawfoot tubs, as well as freestanding tubs. Ships in 1 – 2 Business Days
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A bathroom sink pop-up is a very convenient feature, and while installation is usually easy, occasionally the process not quite as straightforward as you'd like. If you need to install a new pop-up drain for any reason, these instructions will simplify the process.
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The pivot rod has two tapered washers that go on both sides of the pivot ball as explained in How to Replace a Pop-Up Sink Drain – Part 3. Both are required and must be installed so they fit the round contour of the pivot ball. The pivot nut (“locking cap”) should be tightened such that: * It’s snug with no leaks at the pivot ball. * Not so tight it’s difficult to move the pivot arm with the pop-up handle. Screw on the pivot nut until finger tight, then maybe 1/2 turn or so more. Run the water, check for leaks and tighten it a little more if needed. Toilet tissue is an excellent leak detector. Dab a square around the pivot nut and it’ll reveal the smallest drop. Oh, and don’t use Vaseline or other lubricants. Reply
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Connect the Pop-Up Lever and Rod Aaron Stickley Connect the vertical strap to the horizontal lever rod by threading the clip on the rod. One end of the clip needs to be on each side of the strap.After the two rods are connected, check to make sure that the pop-up goes up and down as high as you want it to. If it doesn’t, you can make some adjustments to the rod connections.Finish by reconnecting the trap to the drain pipe and checking for leaks by filling the sink up and draining it.