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Old 12-06-2010, 11:09 PM   #1
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It's a bathroom sink, I took out the trap for cleaning, it was all clogged up with gross stuff.
I turned the upside down nut (after the trap) the wrong direction at first, and may have deformed the tapered surface.

It is leaking there now, (both side ABS) I cleaned the tapered surface as best I can.
is there some sealant or something I could use to stop the leak, (teflon tape on the threads?) I am going to remodel later so I am not interested in cutting and gluing new pieces to receive a new trap if not necessary.

Also, are they only supposed to be hand tight, when I tightened too much with a visegrip it leaks more. but I couldn't loosen the connection by hand only when I first needed to remove them

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Old 12-06-2010, 11:21 PM   #2
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Plastic replacement parts don't cost that much. Chrome is another story. Tightening with the wrench should not have increased the leak. They are definitely meant to be wrench tightened but you still have to be careful not to over tighten. An adjustable wrench is better than vice grips.

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Old 12-07-2010, 12:04 AM   #3
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Is your little plastic washing broken or missing? I'm also wondering if you cracked something.

Either way, like Jim F said, plastic drain assemblies are very cheap.
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Old 12-07-2010, 12:29 AM   #4
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Before cutting the pipe coming off the wall and glue in new parts, can I try some pipe dope on the taper surface first, does it seal on the outside or inside.

I don't see any washer even on a new repacement part from the store.
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thats not going to have a washer on it. check the nut, make sure it's not cracked. if its ok, go ahead and try some dope on the beveled part (the outside). not too much, and don't overtighten when reinstalling. if that doesn't work, don't try putty, glue, silicone, or any of the other hack "tricks", just replace it
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Old 12-07-2010, 01:04 AM   #6
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Got another problem to see if we can figure this out, but it's not the drain it's the faucet..

I put on the nozzle filter on the faucet to decrease water use (the original), it will drip water down from the 3 holes inside the faucet when it is turned on. Is there a way to fix this or do I need to purchase a new faucet.
I have another filter that flows more and doesn't trigger the leak, is this ok to use if it doesn't leak, will the faucet just blow up when I am not home?

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Old 12-07-2010, 01:17 PM   #7
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Just wanted to say a very thin smear of oatley's pipe compound on the taper stopped the leak..

It feels like I cheated but as I said I am going to change the sink and everything later so it will be replumbed then.

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