How to Install an ABS Pipe Drain How to Install an ABS Pipe Drain

What You'll Need
Torque Wrench
Ratchet Handle
Socket Set
Transition Coupling

At one point, all the plumbing in the United States was constructed out of ABS pipe. Even though many people have decided to switch from ABS piping to PVC pipes, some people still prefer to use ABS pipes. This article will cover how to install ABS piping for those who like to stick to the previous customs.

Step 1 - Turn off the Water

The first step with any piping job is to turn off the water. If one leaves the water to the establishment turned on, a broken pipe will be the least of their worries. 

Step 2 - Loosen It Up

Take the clamps of the transition coupling, and loosen them by correctly selecting one of the sockets from your set. Attach the socket to the ratchet handle and begin to turn each one of the HEX head clamps. Do this in a counter-clockwise motion for six or seven turns. Be sure not to remove the clamps from the coupling. 

Step 3 - Slide the End

Take the coupling that is labeled ABS, and slide it over the top until the pipe is resting in the center of your fitting. 

Step 4 - Insert the Pipe

Take the ABS pipe, and insert it into the ABS end of your transition coupling. Do this until your ABS pipe bottoms out inside of the transition fitting. 

Step 5 - Tighten It

Tighten each of your HEX head clamps with your torque wrench. Do this until the wrench gives the signal that of the screws have been tightened correctly. 

Step 6 - Test the Connection

Take the ABS pipe into the sinks drain, and test the connections for water leaks. Make sure that each one of the clamps are fit to proper amount of tightness. If you still have water leaking, you are going to have to remove the coupling, and start the process over. Sometimes it is a good idea to attempt to seal the leaks with a ABS pipe sealing putty, but many people do not like the way the putty looks on their pipes, because it gives the pipes an unprofessional look. Sealant putty is a purely optional fix option, but it saves money. Be sure that there are no leaks, or leaking water of any kind before you move on to the next step. 

Step 7 - Choose your Sink

Having done this, you have now built a drain pipe that can work with your ABS piping. However, if you do not have a sink, the pipes will be useless, so the next step will be to buy a new sink, or reuse an old one. 

Step 8 - Install It

After you have chosen your sink, it is time to install the new drainage pipe. All you need to do is install your new drainage pipe where the old one used to be. 

Step 9 - Test It

Once you have installed your sink, it is time to test it. Turn on your water, and check to see if there are any leaks or problems. If there are no leaks, then relax, because your hard work is done. 

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