How do I fix this leak?


Old 08-25-19, 07:59 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: US
Posts: 267
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
How do I fix this leak?

We have lived here for 7 years. My wife cleans out under the sink about once a year, and for the first time there was water there. I ran some water and it comes out right at the top. Presumably I loosen the fitting an replace a gasket, but I sure don't have a wrench to fit it, and don't know what gasket is required.

Any help (links to appropriate sites; advice...) would be greatly appreciated.

It isn't just a drip; it gushes out. Why would it have gone bad. (house is 14 years old)
Attached Images  
Sponsored Links
Old 08-25-19, 08:08 PM
XSleeper's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 23,158
Received 196 Votes on 182 Posts
You might just want to get a new basket for the sink. It will come with a new gasket. You put a ring of plumbers putty (or clear silicone) around the sink hole then press the new basket down from above... then you tighten that large ring from below. A large adjustable waterpump pliers will usually work to tighten it, or you can buy the specific tool that is used... a basket wrench. There are probably a hundred videos out there that show how it's done, if you prefer to watch something first.
Old 08-27-19, 10:38 AM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: US
Posts: 267
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
1) Someone I tried to borrow a basket wrench from said he had done several using a hammer and screwdriver. I got the old one off using that. It is okay to put the new one on with them, or is that going to cause a problem?
2) Putty or silicon? Going to have to buy either one. The videos I watched show putty.
3) The thick rubber gasket is fine. The cardboard washer is a mess. Since everything looks okay, I could just cut a new cardboard washer. Anything wrong with that?

In fact everything looks okay, except the cardboard washer. Maybe I should have just tried tightening it first?

Obviously I haven't done much plumbing.

Last edited by Toller; 08-27-19 at 10:53 AM.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes
Ask a Question
Question Title: