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.
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!
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.
loosen up the nut close to the wall(that nut connects the trap arm to the drain). When you purchased the p-trap it should have came with the belly, the trap arm (together they make a p shape) and nuts.
I was looking at the last picture...loosen up the chrome nut before the 45 degree fitting and pull out the broken piece. Be careful, it may be hard to pull out, I don't want you to slip and cut yourself on the broken piece.
People tend to use too much pressure on those nuts. You could try one of those rubber strap wrench thingies that people keep around for opening jars. I find they are pretty useful for amateur plumbers because they stretch instead of crimping.
It could be that the joint is gummed up with calcium. A bit of PB blaster or some vinegar might help loosen it.