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Old 02-04-2007, 02:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to remove a sink's tailpiece extension?

My bathroom sink has been broken for about a year... accientally snapped the tailpiece extension.

Every few months it attempt to remove the unit from the sink with no luck. It's really annoying me and I refuse to pay the jacked up rates a plumber would charge me (so far, cheapest I've called and found has been $95... which is a total rip off).

Basically what's happening is the huge nut UNDER the sink.. when I unscrew it... the lip on the top moves with it. So I need to somehow stop the lip on the top while unscrewing the bottom.

However, the wrench that i have keeps stripping the sides and I'm starting to get very pissed at the whole situation.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Ok, managed to get the main unit off by some random stroke of luck... but now in putting the metal tail piece into the pvc j-unit parts, i notice the metal slides in and out freely.

the plastic o-rings that they gave me don't fit at all. like one fits around the metal part, but won't fit at all in the plastic piece it slides into.

i tried plumber's putty to make a tight seal around the metal part to the plastic, but that just crumbles right off.

i really don't understand this stuff, and there's absolutely nothing on google

Just tried leaving the metal resting in the plastic piece, and if i fill the sink up and let it drain... it leaks around it.

What's supposed to go between the metal pipe and the plastic pvc?

Grr, why does it keep putting my replies up in the original post?

Anyway, there's the metal coming outta the drain connecting to a plastic long piece, which in turn connects to the j-unit.

Both the metal connecting point and the inital junit connecting point are leaking.
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Old 02-05-2007, 10:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There's a really good diagram at this link. Click to enlarge.

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/know...8427-4,00.html

You should replace all rubber seals and plastic washers when doing this job to solve leaking.
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Old 02-06-2007, 07:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I used Goop Marine Contact Adhesive and Sealant, and have a perfect seal.....no leaks. It ain't pretty....but it sure as hell works.
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Old 02-15-2007, 10:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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And the OP said $95 was a rip-off. Did you ever consider that a charge like that is to cover all of the unique tools used for plumbing work, as well as a handful of the 20 most common replacement parts, and the experience of doing this type of work day in, day out, such that your sink gets repaired in an hour, isn't leaking, and you're not going batshit after the third trip to Home Despot?
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Old 02-16-2007, 04:02 AM   #5 (permalink)
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And the OP said $95 was a rip-off. Did you ever consider that a charge like that is to cover all of the unique tools used for plumbing work, as well as a handful of the 20 most common replacement parts, and the experience of doing this type of work day in, day out, such that your sink gets repaired in an hour, isn't leaking, and you're not going batshit after the third trip to Home Despot?
Not to mention medical, the plumber's share of social security, vehicle expense, trvel time on both side of a one-hour appointment, office, other overhead.
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Old 02-16-2007, 11:21 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Nah, an excessive charge like that is for profit only. Same reason why other labor is ridiculously expensive and overpriced. I don't trust these places for shit (and rightfully so).

I fixed it all myself. Frustrating as hell, but sure beats calling out someone to rip you off
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