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RDS 03-04-2008 08:44 PM

Slip nuts
Should the slip nuts on the P-trap under my bathroom turn in the same direction, or in opposite directions? I got the front one off easily, turning counterclockwise (looking down on it), but the back one won't budge either way. Just wondering which way I should be turning to get it off.

(Thought I'd better ask this time since, with a prior plumbing inquiry, I learned I was turning a nut the wrong way!)


RDS 03-04-2008 08:45 PM

Sorry -- I meant to say "bathroom sink". In case in matters.

Ron The Plumber 03-05-2008 09:30 AM

Righty tighty, lefty loosey.

RDS 03-05-2008 10:05 AM

Thanks. I've heard of that rule, but by wrecking a table saw arbor once doing 'lefty loosey', I learned that there are occasionally exceptions. I was just wondering if this was one of those cases.

I guess what I'm wondering is: Left when looking down on the nut, or left when looking up at it from underneath? Sorry, I realize this is probably Plumbing 101 but I'm a complete novice. Thanks.

Ron The Plumber 03-05-2008 10:10 AM

Unless your looking at the nut from the backside of it then it's opposite. Looking down on the nut left is loose. From bottom it will be right.

Laws of physics got to love em.

majakdragon 03-05-2008 10:26 AM

Normally, the only "left-handed" nut in a bathroom is on the toilet flush handle, the one that holds it in place. Everything else should be standard.

RDS 03-05-2008 11:59 AM

ok thanks guys. guess i need to eat my spinach, and/or get a pipe wrench, 'cause my channel lock pliers are not giving me a good grip on the nut. cheers.

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