How to Install a Copper Sink Drain

What You'll Need
Plumbers Putty
Adjustable Wrench
Long Nose Pliers
Copper Sink Drain Set
Clean Dry Rag

A copper sink drain is a good choice for the drain, especially if the sink is made of copper. Copper creates a patina that makes it look stylish. A copper sink drain can come in a variety of designs and models and choosing the best one for the sink will totally depend on the type of sink installed. Installing a copper sink drain is not a very hard task to do since it only requires basic plumbing skills and some very common plumbing tools.

Step 1 – Understanding the Copper Sink Drain Parts

The copper sink drain has several different parts that need to be installed during the process. It is important to know the different parts in order not to get confused when installing the new drain. The drain has a strainer that is used to fill the hole in the sink. It has a bowl-like shape as well as threads at the bottom. The threads will be used to connect it to the drain pipe after installation. It will also have a removable basket used to trap solid waste before they go down the drain. The strainer in the drain will be connected to the sink using a bowl-shaped washer and a nut. There is a rubber washer that fits in between the strainer and the washer as well. These are the most common parts, but some sink drains may have different designs and therefore different parts.

Step 2 – Installing the Drain Strainer

Before inserting the drain strainer into the sink hole, take a handful of plumber’s putty and mold it to form a ring as large as the sink hole.  Before applying the putty, get a clean rag and wipe the sink to remove any moisture, dust or debris. Carefully place the putty ring on top of the edges of the sink hole. Afterward, drop the copper sink drain strainer down the sink hole and press it firmly on the putty. Notice that the putty will ooze out around the strainer. Remove the excess putty using your fingers or a clean rag. Take a look under the sink as well and clean the excess putty there.

Step 3 – Installing the Washers

Before installing the washer, make sure that the rubber washer is placed on top of it. Working at the bottom of the sink, insert the washer into the threaded portion of the drain strainer. The rubber washer should fit in between the strainer and the washer. Afterward, insert the nut onto the strainer threads and twist it upwards. Tighten the nut using an adjustable wrench. Sometimes, the nut cannot be tightened because the strainer moves along with it. To fix this problem, use long nose pliers to hold the strainer firmly while tightening the nut. When the copper sink drain is installed, connect the drainage pipe under the sink to complete the installation.