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02/22/05

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Replacing Drain Traps


Drain traps – those U-shape pieces of drain pipe underneath your sink – do a lot of dirty work. Occasionally, they leak, become corroded, or get plugged with years of accumulated soap and grease. When that happens, replace an old trap with nice new ones. Traps are made from ABS (black), PVC (white), or brass (either chrome plated or natural colored.) Replace your drain trap with the same type of trap you remove. Traps come in 1 1/4 inch or 1 1/2 inch inside diameter sizes. Be sure you get the right size replacement.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

SKILL SCALE
Easy

TIME REQUIRED
You can replace a trap in half an hour.

TOOLS
Slip joint pliers
Hacksaw

MATERIALS
Replacement trap
Pipe lubricant

Drain Traps Completely remove the old drain trap assembly. Don't try to salvage any parts -- it's not worth the aggravation. Replace them all with new ones.

 

 

 

 

Drain Traps Put a tailpiece washer into the flared end of the tailpiece, then attach the tailpiece by screwing the slip nut onto the sink strainer. If necessary, you can cut the tailpiece to fit with a hacksaw.

 

 

 

 

Drain Traps If you're working on a sink with two basins, use a continuous waste-T-fitting to join the tailpieces. Attach the fitting with slip washers and nuts. Make sure the beveled sides of washers face the threaded portion of the pipes. Putting a little pipe lubricant on the slip washer will ease installation and ensure a tight fit.

 

 

Drain Traps Attach the trap arm to the drain stub-out, using a slip nut and washer. Remember to keep the beveled side of the washer facing the threaded drain stub-out. If necessary, the trap arm can be cut to fit with a hacksaw.

 

 

 

Drain Traps Attach the trap bend to the trap arm, using slip nuts and washers. The beveled side of the washers should face the trap bend. Tighten all the nuts with a pair of slip joint pliers. Never use teflon tape on white plastic pipe threads and fittings.

 

 

 

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