smelly washer on new sink strainer


Old 05-07-12, 10:45 AM
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smelly washer on new sink strainer

The title describes the situation, mostly.

I'm in the midst of a kitchen update: new cabinets, floors, appliances, paint.
I picked up a new sink strainer (?-the part that goes through the hole at the bottom of the sink, and connects to the tailpiece). It looks okay, and dry fits okay, but the rubber washer SMELLS!! It smells like, well, new neoprene/ rubber (like a new wetsuit).
Is this normal? The last strainer that I handled was 25+ years ago, and I don't remember. Will the smell go away after installation, or should I get another strainer?? I'd hate to have the sink or the sink base cabinet smell like a tire.
Thanks in advance.
Old 05-07-12, 10:52 AM
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I wouldn't be concerned about it, I'd just maybe keep the nearest window open as much as possible till the smell fades.
Old 05-07-12, 02:51 PM
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The smell will go away eventually. If it is really bothersome you can try to run some hot water over it and dissolve baking soda to rid the smell.

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