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Old 03-21-2013, 08:50 AM   #1
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I've always EASILY cleared clogs in any bathroom sink by unhooking the plunger, then pulling it out. Then I can easily scrap out gunk and I'm good to go. I think hard and bad water causes some of these problems.

When I bought this 30 yr old house the sink was a bit slow, and today I just got around to trying to clear the drain.stupid sink-dscn1601.jpg

I releases the "U" shaped thing underneath which operates the plunger.

Now I STILL can't get the plunger out. I tried to untwist those plastic nuts with wings which hold the trap and can't budge them.

Any suggestions for getting the plunger out of the sink would be appreciated.

I also tried unscrewing the little brass nut holding the plunger stick on to the drain and can't budge that.

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Old 03-21-2013, 09:09 AM   #2
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Sure your turning it in the right direction, it's sitting backwards so it's easy to get confused.
Facing it from the front it would turn clock wise.
Should be able to just look up inside the tail piece once the traps removed and look up in there to see if that's where it's plugged up.

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Stupid Sink? No. Newbie Plumber, Maybe?

You have to take off that knurled ring you were turning the wrong way to remove the popup lever. It will turn to the right going away from you. Use a small pair of channel locks, grip on the right side and push down. You should also remove the trap and clear it. Its the U shaped thing under the tailpiece, which is the short pipe coming out the bottom of the sink. It will be full of water and probably gunk. Clean it with soap and water and a bottle brush after you scrape out the gunk.
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joe,
thanks! I could have been turning it the wrong way. (lefty loosey). I'll also spray it with WD40 and see if that helps.

jagans,
thank you. I can't remove the trap cause those wing nut things must be glued on. I tried and can't get them off.

It's just frustrating cause this is such a simple thing that I've done before.
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It's just frustrating cause this is such a simple thing that I've done before.
I feel for you. Whenever I think I understand everything in my house I run into something that throws me for a loop. Guess that's why all these good people are here

Hopefully you can resolve this clog the same way you have before.
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If I were you Id just cut through the trap nuts and install a new P trap. They are cheap, and a dollar to a donut, yours is clogged. Don't feel bad about turning something the wrong way, it happens to everybody. Just think like a nut!, like I do.
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whew. I'm only working with my g'pa's forged pliers but got the nut off and cleaned the drain. Thought I would vomit and had to stifle a scream as it looked like I pulled out a dead mouse. Why don't ppl wipe hair out of a sink instead of letting it go down the drain.

Now, of course there's another problem, but I don't even care!!! I'm so happy to have a fast running drain.

I thought I put it back together right but why doesn't the plunger handle (behind the faucet) stay up and close the sink drain. As it is I can't fill the sink with water. Not important but it will bug me till it works right.

edit: forget the above part in blue. I adjusted the post with the holes in it and now the stopper works fine.

thank you again.


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