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Solving Common Kitchen Problems – a Clogged Sink

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Solving Common Kitchen Problems – a Clogged Sink

A clogged garbage disposal is a real pain to have to deal with.  Possibly the only thing worse is when you decide to fix it yourself, get part way through the project, remove the clog, and then realize that you’re not sure how to put it all back together again and you end up needing to call in the professionals, like these guys at Appliance Masters – http://austinappliancemasters.com.  Trust me, if it happened to you, you’re not the first! So today I’m looking at the latter part of putting the disposal and sink drain back together. Maybe it can help you out of your current situation…

clogged sink kitchenI’m going to take the screw and part here off and then I’ve got my washer inside again, the washer, the flat side of the washer right here goes on last so I’m going to put the skinny part there, now the key to this putting everything back together, this is the last piece we took off so we’re going to put this on first, I want for you is to take a close up look at the washer here, there’s a flat side and then there’s a….I guess a tapered side, you want to put the flat side up first, so how this goes back on, just to refresh your memory, put the washer back on first then put the…I’m sorry, so how this works is you put the screw top on first, you put the flat edge going up with the tapered in down, okay? So that’s up there, up and out of the way, push this washer back.

Theirs is the connecter there as well and then fit the two pieces back together and then screw everything on like so and that way you have a good hand tied connection, again I only do it hand tied, now move back to soft….just a little bit because once I put this connector back on at the top, the screw top, it’s going to interfere with the little tabs and it’s the same thing on yours as well so I don’t want to interfere just  right now, so I’m going to take this, now tighten up okay? Now we’re going to do the same thing here, this is the p-trap and again I’m going to put the screw top on first and then the flat side of the washer goes up. I’m going to ahead and….now obviously it makes sense if it’s already fitted, which side goes in, so I’m going to go ahead and put this in first, make this connection here.

kitchen clogged sinkI’m going to screw this on, the bottom piece on first, the reason is because of the….I don’t know how to make this so this is going to obviously make the, be the determining factor here, now when you’re screwing these on make sure that you have each part of it square because you don’t want to start across threading and that’s so easy to do with this plastic going in so I’m going to go ahead and square it up, make sure that its own there correctly while I’m adjusting it, okay? Take that and now my final piece here and again, the tabs sometimes according to how close, this is pretty close, the tabs will interfere to some degree but there is enough flexibility in the PVC, in the plastic here for it to connect, okay everything is hand tied, there and there now the secret to all this, all this work here is to make sure that there are no leaks so how I’m going to do this is to put a couple of pieces of paper towel underneath here to check it.

Turn the water on, flush it out, make sure everything drains really good in the upper parts, both the left and right part of your double sink and you’re reading to go, okay we’re ready to go ahead and test so just turn the water on here, make sure it doesn’t have any drips and I’m looking at the paper right here to see if I have any drips there and on that side, let’s test it on this side and there are no drips there, so now we’re completely ready and finished with this and that’s how you test to see if you have a leak underneath your sink.

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