It’s A Trap
Tina was doing some dinner dishes a few days back when the sink started draining very slowly. We couldn’t see any obstruction looking down the drain, so I decided to remove the s-trap and check for blockage. Sure enough, a couple of drinking straws had fallen down the drain and created enough of a dam to catch a bunch of other debris that blocked up the sink. Problem solved. And yet…
After reinstalling the trap and tightening the nuts, I turned the sink on to test for leaks and water started pouring out of the pipe (luckily I still had a bowl underneath to catch the water from the trap). Had I over-tightened the nuts? Nope. The super-human strength of my thumb had apparently punched a hole right through the old trap.
Since it was 9pm and we wanted to be able to keep using the sink that night, we went over to the big box home improvement store and got a PVC replacement (and though I don’t want to advertise for the place, I have to say that the staff was extremely helpful in getting us the right piece). We got home, I installed the new piece, tightened the nuts, and turned on the faucet to check for leaks. The new trap worked like a charm, but that didn’t make up for the fact that the fitting directly underneath the sink had now started to leak and the nut was attached too firmly for me to remove it by hand.
I’m assuming that there’s a washer in there that may have to be replaced, but in order to get to it I think I’ll need to get a pipe wrench or something in order to get to it. So that’s two more trips to the hardware store.
I was thinking of starting a post tag called something like “nothing’s simple” but then I realized it would be redundant to the very concept of a home improvement blog.