bathroom sink drain pipe and p-trap don't meet

Old 01-12-05, 09:50 PM
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Unhappy bathroom sink drain pipe and p-trap don't meet

Okay. I removed a corner sink from a small bathroom. I replaced the sink with a corner tile countertop and vessel sink (one that the basin sits atop the countertop). After installing the counter, I set about installing the sink. Unfortunately, I neglected a key aspect in my planning.

Now, the drain pipe hangs down from the sink at a horizontal distance of about 6 inches from the end of the p-trap fitting that it would connect to. No matter how I rotate the p-trap, it will be too far away. The outgoing drain is horizontal, and since the plumbing is exposed, I need to be able to do everything in an appealing chrome.

I went to the local hardware store, which in general is great for advice, and they told me that my only option was to use a flexible plastic pipe that attaches to the drain and then can be manuevered to fit into the p-trap. I am looking for other options.

One thing that I thought of was to use an s-trap instead of a p-trap. Is this okay for horizontal outgoing drain pipe? I also thought about contrapting a double L joint that would breach the distance between the sink drain pipe to the p-trap. If anyone has any ideas on this it would be very much appreciated. I would think this would be a common mistake for first-time remodelers, but usually I can easily find guidance in that case. Right now I am feeling like a true moron...

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If you can, post a picture of your situation to better help you.

I don't condone the use of those accordian style trap pieces/extension tubes. S-trap config will lead to a clog a few short months. I would extend the line protruding the wall to achieve the correct distance on the trap, use a 1.25" tailpiece extension to make up the distance between trap and pop-up assembly.

They are not code approved and they consistently hold sediment which leads to backups/slow drains.
Old 01-13-05, 07:42 PM
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Unhappy another option?

thank you for your reply, but no matter how far i extend the outgoing pipe from the wall, the p-trap will not reach the drain pipe from the sink.

was your comment about the code in particular reference to the s-trap?

it seems to me that the s-trap would help breach the horizontal distance from the sink's drain pipe to the pipe extending into the wall. on another note, this bathroom is in a small area under the stairs and the sink will not be subject to much use - so the clogging may not be much of an issue. it's more of a decorative room....

any additional insights would be helpful! thanks in advance, rex
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No S trap and no flex drain line...will only create future problems, as stated.
One solution (if I understand the problem):
Install the trap on the drain tailpiece directly below the sink, and run a new chromed pipe extension from the trap to the wall drain pipe. You can hacksaw off the tailpiece a bit to give the trap a little more height if you need to. Some slope toward the wall drain is better than horizontal (1/4" per linear foot is best.)
Good luck!

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