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Old 06-19-2010, 09:57 PM   #1
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I am finally wrapping up my kitchen overhaul. Tonight I installed the sink basket. I used plumbers putty to form a ring. I then tighten the ring below the sink as much as possible. Sink the inside of the drain is plastic I cannot use a screw driver or plyers to hold it solid so I can crank it down. I have some back and forth play. How do I get this tighter without breaking the basket?

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Believe it or not--there is a tool for that!

It looks like a 4 inch long piece of galvanized tubing with four notches in one end and a T-handle at the other end.

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First question to you : Why are you installing a plastic one?
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This is a good lesson on why cheap costs more----Poor quality materials --
1-Take longer to install
2-Often break or fail to function during installation
3-Don't fit well or look good
4--Seldom last as long as a quality part
5-the failure damages or destroys something else costing 100 times the "savings" when you bought the cheap part.

Gone fishing--this is not aimed at you personally--Just a heads up to others.
That tool will cost more than a good metal sink basket--Which you could have held with a set of plier handles-----Mike----
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I was burnt out at the end of a long day when I installed that basket. Heading to the store to buy a good stainless basket now along with other parts I need. Thanks for the advice all!
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I was burnt out at the end of a long day when I installed that basket. Heading to the store to buy a good stainless basket now along with other parts I need. Thanks for the advice all!
Get one like this with the big cup underneath.
http://www.google.com/products/catal...CAgQ8gIwADgA#p

They are much easier to tighten, and later when you have to pull them off due to corrosion or putty washout, or whatever, they are easier to take off.

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Alan, if I didn't get that exact model I got it's twin. It was super easy to install and tighten up.

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