Vibration loosening sink basket?


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Old 12-29-22, 01:11 PM
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Vibration loosening sink basket?

For around the 3rd time in 8 years my strainer basket in the kitchen sink is able to be turned by hand from the top. It is not leaking this time (yet). Should I be doing something different? I just used plumbers putty and tightened as tight as I could. Should I use Loctite or Teflon tape or something?

The disposal is a big one (I think 3/4hp) and does vibrate a lot. Oddly the disposal side never seems to have the issue. It is the other side of the sink.
 
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Old 12-29-22, 09:00 PM
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the disposal side never seems to have the issue. It is the other side of the sink.
​​​​​​​Try silicone instead of plumbers putty.
 
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I've only seen sink baskets work loose when oil/grease is put into the sink. It softens the plumbers putty and seeps down into the threads and gasket allowing things to more easily move. You may want to disassemble the basket and give everything a good cleaning before reassembling.
 
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Old 12-31-22, 01:56 PM
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I don't believe I've seen a regular strainer in a sink with a disposer connected to it. Typically most disposers come with their own strainer. InSinkErator uses a three bolt mount that can't loosen. What brand is your disposer where the strainer is coming loose ?
 
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Old 12-31-22, 01:59 PM
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I'm assuming it's a double sink Pete. The leaking basket is not on the disposal side.
 
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Correct Xsleeper. The disposal side hasn't had any issues.
 
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Old 01-01-23, 04:08 PM
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Try a 3 bolt mount strainer basket like this.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/KOHLER-Duos...sposal/3664970

This one from Kohler is pricey, but Lowes also stocks one from Keeney for about $16.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Keeney-3-5-...cluded/3132177
 
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