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Old 03-26-2011, 04:33 AM   #1
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The u-bend on this sink needs replacing, but it has been repaired with a fibreglass repair. I need to be able to take this off, if its possible, to change the u-bend. Has anyone got any suggestions how to do this. Is there a solvent that I can use to loosen it, or something?
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Cut it and split the fiberglass----the sink may be ruined.---Sorry---Mike---

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maybe a dremel with a small cutoff wheel. go slow and pry it off as you cut it
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Old 03-26-2011, 02:05 PM   #5
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Acetone is the solvent used to thin fiberglass resin. But it will not melt the mass of fiberglass that is shown in your picture. Note that Acetone is highly flammable so proper precaution must be taken if using it.

The dremel idea is a good one. An oscillating multi-tool might be good also to cut away the mess while still allowing control of the cutting. You will probably still have to chip away remaining fiberglass. Be sure to wear goggles and a mask that can filter the fine cutting dust and wear a long sleeve shirt that you can throw away. Fiberglass dust getting into skin pores can drive one mad for a couple of days depending on the person's sensitivity. Rubbing exposed skin with baby powder before starting can minimize fiberglass dust from getting into skin pores.

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Old 03-26-2011, 02:18 PM   #6
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one has to wonder why that was done to begin with. If the sink is already damaged, it might have simply been a means to an end without replacing the sink. I would head into this project with knowing there is a great possibility the sink needs to be replaced and be prepared for it.
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one has to wonder why that was done to begin with. If the sink is already damaged, it might have simply been a means to an end without replacing the sink. I would head into this project with knowing there is a great possibility the sink needs to be replaced and be prepared for it.
Yep, what he said.
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Hi guys thanks for all the advice. Will probably get hold of something to cut it with...I may try the acetone as well, as I just happen to have some! Good call about the fibreglass dust, I would not have thought about that, and I would have been itching for days.
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