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-DOUG- 01-06-2008 05:59 PM

Getting that Drain off
I'm borrowing a picture from another post, as I have a similar drain.

My problem is I can't get it off. The nut under the sink rotted away and it started dripping. The L joint for the stopper is too big to fit through the hole in the sink so I can't just lift it out, I have to get that drain flange off. (Note I have no idea of the REAL names of these parts.) Is it supposed to turn and unscrew? If it's rusted on, how will I get it off? (Other than a hacksaw.) Keep in mind this is one of the most poorly positioned sinks in terms of room to move around it.

ranman469 01-06-2008 06:31 PM

you will have to cut it out.

tribe_fan 01-06-2008 08:49 PM

I have had success drilling a couple holes in the nut under the sink - since you will be replacing everything else - just make ure not to damage the sink.

tubguy 01-06-2008 10:12 PM

You can also use a cold chisel and a hammer. Hold the chisel vertically and and couple of hits with a hammer may loosen the corrosion and the nut may start to turn. If not, put the chisel on the left side of the nut and hit it. Hitting in the left side will start to loosen the nut. If all else fail get out the hack saw.


-DOUG- 01-07-2008 07:11 PM

There is no nut anymore, it corroded away. That's why the sink was leaking. The L joint for the stopper arm kept me from lifting out the pipe, and the flange won't budge for me to take it off and drop the pipe down. So as the one guy says, cutting it out seemed like the only replacement option. But it's in a tough position to cut.

I gave up and stuffed putty in there to fill the gap, and put silicone around the edge of the flange. How long that will last I don't know. But I figure I'm going to be needing a new sink if I ever fix up the bathroom, so in a few years the whole thing can go in the trash together.


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