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Old 06-04-2011, 04:10 AM   #1
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Default Need help with kitchen sink disaster.

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.



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Old 06-04-2011, 04:15 AM   #2
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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.



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Old 06-04-2011, 04:19 AM   #3
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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.

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Old 06-04-2011, 04:23 AM   #4
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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.

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Old 06-04-2011, 04:35 AM   #5
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If you're using channel locks don't grip it too tight. Too much grip will work against you with these nuts.

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Old 06-04-2011, 04:39 AM   #6
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lefty loosy righty tighty

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you might try to heat up that joint if you can't get it with channel locks (slip joint pliers) a lighter might just do the job...it's unconventional but it might just work.

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Old 06-04-2011, 12:28 PM   #8
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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.

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i would have that fixed in 5 mins, no matter what

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Old 06-05-2011, 05:33 AM   #10
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That's why people hire plumbers. If you're too afraid to do it yourself, hire a plumber. This is an easy fix and shouldn't cost too much if you shop around.



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