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Old 12-31-2012, 06:22 PM   #1
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My landlord is an elderly man, and very hard to deal with. There is something wrong w/my kitchen sink plumbing, and last time I asked him about it he said, "oh, you just gotta keep the pvc pipes tightened, it's the nature of the material"....So I think he's just trying to get out of dealing with the problem.

Upon further research, I found that S traps are illegal now, and If i can prove that there is an S trap on MY sink, that will give me some leverage on getting him to fix my problem (legal blackmail?)

Can ANYONE tell from this picture, If i have an S trap or a P trap?
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:30 PM   #2
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Yes that is an s trap. What problem are you having?

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Old 12-31-2012, 06:32 PM   #3
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The tail pieces connected to both my sink basins are not secure, nor have they ever been (the connector pieces come loose, no matter how many times I tighten them) I think it may be an issue with the plastic washer, because it doesn't seem to fit, therefore, doesn't create a tighter hold...I have had to put a bucket under the right side for a long time now. In the picture, you can see that I have the pipes propped up by a container.

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Have you pulled it apart to see if the plactic washers are even installed right side up?
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Well i put the washer in question in both ways into the part it originally was in...which is why i'm concerned....when i last checked the pipes under my sink, it looked like that plastic washer was coming out of the pipe, It clearly doesn't fit it.
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Being an "S" trap has little to do with the problem you are having.


More than likely the piping is not supported below the floor, and the weight of said pipe is pulling the slip joints apart. Crawling underneath the house and putting a strap of plumber's tape across the floor joists, or beams to hold the drainage up under the house should alleviate the problem you're having.
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yes...because, As a Tenant....I don't have access to outer pipes in the basement...Read what you reply to.....twice!
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yes...because, As a Tenant....I don't have access to outer pipes in the basement...Read what you reply to.....twice!
I don't see where you said anything about not having access to the pipes. I'm not denying that he should have the problem fixed. I'm saying the S-trap has nothing to do with the issue. If he won't fix it, it shouldn't be that difficult. If it bothers you that much, it may be worth your time and effort to buy a little strip of metal plumbers tape and a couple of screws.

Furthermore, doesn't your state have protection for tenants to where they can fix deficiencies in the property (WITHIN REASON) and deduct them from the month's rent? If not, and he still refuses to fix it, and you still refuse to fix it yourself, maybe it's time to look for a new place to live.


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If the pipe is sagging and you don't have access to the crawl- put a riser clamp on the pipe in the cabinet.
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I have a special method i use on rental properties. Unscrew those plastic nuts glob urethane in there screw back together. It will never ever leak again, nor ever come apart.
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That style trap will take two differant style washers.
The top left one uses one like this.
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...lectedIndex=31
Just look at the inside of the trap to see how one taper fits into the other.

The other washer looks sort of like this.
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...ectedIndex=465
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yes...because, As a Tenant....I don't have access to outer pipes in the basement...Read what you reply to.....twice!

That was a crabby little snap----Please don't do that again.
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yes...because, As a Tenant....I don't have access to outer pipes in the basement...Read what you reply to.....twice!
That has nothing to do with it my friend. My tenants have physical access to, we'll..... Everything.
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yes...because, As a Tenant....I don't have access to outer pipes in the basement...Read what you reply to.....twice!
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Unscrew those plastic nuts glob urethane in there screw back together. It will never ever leak again, nor ever come apart.
thats the easy fix right there. just unscrew the connections, clean, and caulk or glue.

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