Kitchen sink trouble


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Old 02-11-08, 02:56 PM
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Kitchen sink trouble

The strainer in one of the kitchen sinks needed to be replaced. Seemed like an easy job, and I know it is, but I am doing something wrong. It is a porcelain enameled sink. The strainer's directions said to use plumber's putty around the edge of the sink's opening. I tried it and let it sit overnight but it still leaked (around the opening). Then I tried a waterproof caulk and it still leaked. I am easily getting fed up because I was expecting this to be a quick project. Now we've resorted to keeping a bowl under the sink. Please help me! If someone could tell me step by step how to replace the strainer in a kitchen sink.
 
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Old 02-11-08, 03:30 PM
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I roll the putty in my hand and make a snake. Make it as thick as you want. When you tighten the drain nut do it slowly and make sure it comes out around the drain. Caulk is hard to seal.
 
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Old 02-11-08, 05:51 PM
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Mike is right about the plumbers putty. Plumbers putty never get hard or sets up, so when you are through there is no need to wait overnight. One thing I found to make this job a whole lot easier is to use a strainer that has thumbscrews on the underneath side. This makes tightening it a lot simpler.
Defintely do what Mike said with putty and don't be stingy with it. Whatever squeezes out when you tighten it down, just simply wipe it off.
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Old 02-14-08, 03:17 PM
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Yes it sounds like it has to do with the putty, make sure it squeezes out from all around.
 
 

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