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How to Replace a Kitchen Sink Strainer?

so we noticed some water under our sink
oh yeah the first indication was time to
call a plumber as you see the bucket
filled with water
yeah and we’re doing some digging and
found some rough oh yeah so look up
underneath the sink right here you can
see it’s all rusted away and see water
glistening right there you know this is
not that uncommon problem let me run to
the truck and I’ll be right back with
the parts we need all right Molly this
is the part you need it’s called a
basket strainer okay no part right here
is stainless steel you can see it here
mounted into your sink all right the
water continues down through here and it
connects to the regular drain line
underneath but all the parts below the
sink the parts that actually hold it to
the sink this Bell and this nut are
actually not made out of stainless steel
it’s made out of pot metal
what’s pot metal it could be anything
pot metal is scrap metal it’s stuff on
the manufacturing floor the idea was you
trying to save money on the parts that
don’t need to be stainless steel and
technically it shouldn’t be an issue
because these parts should never see
water so I think what might have
happened is the initial installer might
have left this a little too loose and
water might have dripped down in between
the sink and the strainer and gotten
down and filled water into the bottom of
that ball now that water could sit there
and just rust away that metal right
there and the nut so we just have to get
this knot and the remaining piece off we
can replace it sounds great all right so
we’re gonna start by loosening this top
nut right here that holds the dishwasher
tailpiece to the bottom of the strainer
and that’s plastic and that should
loosen a no problem this is a flange
tail piece that just butts up to the
bottom right here alright so now I’m
free to loosen this nut cuz there’s
nothing in the way and let’s see if
it’ll loosen I may have to have him hold
back on that’s so rusted so so it’s
loose that’s easy this I think that’s
really confirms the issue that the
original Starla didn’t tighten this up
enough and that’s exactly why we have
this leak there was nothing holding this
so just back off its it is the nut now
I’m just gonna loosen this okay look at
this see it it’s completely rusted that
whole Bell is one piece now so it’s
completely rusted tight so I could
actually remove this pipe and try to
beat it up with a hammer but I do know
that that is pot no remember I talked
about yeah I could actually melt it with
a torch because it has a relatively low
melting really little excitement yeah
you ready for that sounds good we’re
under the truck again let’s add the heat
okay
not much to it
that check about now it’s gonna be hot
as a pistol no match for the torch all
right here is your brand new basket
strainer right here we really have to
make a really good watertight connection
to the sink so you can see there’s a
gasket right here and that actually sits
underneath the sink and then we tighten
up enough it’ll compress that gasket but
that’s not the most important connection
it’s actually going to be made with
plumber’s putty right here so just grab
about a third of that Cup
working into your hands and I need you
to shape it into a snake you have
daughter so you’ve worked with play-doh
before yeah just make it long enough to
go right around here okay how’s that
look let’s try that okay perfect now I’m
gonna push this down what I want you to
do I want you to sort of push against
this when I go underneath and I want you
to take these two screwdrivers and hold
back against me as I try to tighten up
the nut okay okay okay let’s just start
to compress a little bit yeah yep you
know it’s coming out now I’m gonna go
pliers nice and really same just go back
against me and I think this is what the
last guy didn’t do probably is to hold
back so you really get a nice tight
connection there sure they needed you
moly muscle good all right now we need
to reconnect this thing called a
dishwasher tailpiece see it’s got a
branch right here for the dishwasher and
there’s a couple of really important
gaskets to make sure it’s watertight
here’s the two choices you can see right
here this is the standard conical
compression gasket you can see it’s
right here this is the top gasket it
sits up here and now this is designed to
sit right against this flange and to
butt to the bottom of the basket
strainer so let me just catch that nut
okay there’s that all right now snug
that up with a wrench afterwards now
here is the other critical gasket this
is a standard compression gasket and as
I bring this nut down you can see why
they call it compression as I tighten it
it’s gonna compress this gasket tight
against that tube okay now snug them
both up with a wrench but don’t over
tighten them because these nuts are
plastic that should do it
good I just clean up the last of that
old putty there okay all right ready for
a test the best way to do it actually is
to fill the sink I think that should do
it
okay just pull the plug okay Hey look at
that
no leaks oh that’s wonderful great

Kitchen Sink Strainers Buyers’ Guide

What is a strainer?

In a household, sink strainers are essential for many reasons. Due to the water flow velocity, water pipes can get severely damaged. A sink strainer is vital for water to pass through, eliminating large pieces of food that flow with the water. There are several types of sink strainers, among which a plate-shaped is the most common one. Plate shaped strainers increase the surface area and decrease the speed of water flow. Another strainer is basked shaped, which is easier to clean as the filter is in the basket. Basket shaped sink strainer also offers more surface than a plate one, improving water flow.

How to install a sink strainer?

Tools you will need for installation of sink strainer are:

– Sink strainer.
– Plumber’s putty for providing a waterproof spacer between sink and strainer.
– Pipe wrench and/or strainer lock nut wrench.
– Needle nose pliers or basket strainer wrench.

When you install a new sink, it would be easier to attach the sink strainer before setting the sink itself. Here are the steps for installing the sink strainer:

1. First of all, apply plumber’s putty to sink by kneading with your hands until it gets soft. Insert the strainer in the sink and press it so that putty holds all around it.
2. Attach a lock nut to sink strainer. Remove the excess putty from the sink and attach a lock nut so that it does not overtighten. Be cautious as you may damage the strainer threads.
3. Reattach drain pipe tail. Tighten the tail nut with the pipe, again make sure you do not overtighten.
4. Lastly, remove excess plumber’s putty and test the sink.

How to clean the sink stopper?

1. First of all, fill your sink with warm water.
2. Add dishwashing liquid into the water.
3. Soak the strainer into the water for about 15 minutes.
4. Turn the strainer upside down and leave it underwater.
5. Use a brush to clean the strainer while in the water.
6. Remove the strainer from the soapy water and rewash it with clean water.
7. Let it dry on a hand towel.

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Author: Mark Miller

I have graduated The Culinary Institute of America in 2013 and became a chef assistant in one of New York city restaurants. I began to move up the career ladder – just a few years later I've worked as a chef in a 4* restaurant.