You’ve got a rusty sink strainer basket in your kitchen sink that’s leaking and you need to know what tools you’ll need to replace it. This article will give you a list of basic tools which you will need to accomplish this project. It’s important to remember that with the plethora of makers of under sink disposals that there might be tools you’ll need but that aren’t listed here. Another item of importance to remember is to unplug the disposal before removing it. Also, remember to turn off the water to both hot and cold sides of the tap, just in case.
Most under sink garbage disposals can be removed simply by twisting the locking collar counter-clockwise after unplugging the unit.
Pipe or Monkey Wrenches
You will need two of these as you will have to hold the upper collar while turning the locking ring counter-clockwise. If the installation is very old, this may take quite a bit of effort.
Channelock or Large Slip-Joint Pliers
These can be used in lieu of the pipe wrenches as they will weigh about 1/3 of the pipe wrenches and be much easier to handle and use.
You may need to use something like WD-40 on the locking parts if the installation is very old. This will especially be true if the sink strainer basket has been leaking for any length of time.
You will need this to break the seal between the sink strainer and the sink created by the plumber’s putty and age.
This will be used to help lift the old sink strainer basket out after breaking the seal.
You will need this to create a seal between the sink and the new sink strainer basket as you install the new one.
Porcelain Touch-up Paint
You will need to repair any cracks or breaks in the porcelain of the sink before installing the new sink strainer basket. The areas being patched will need to be completely dry and stay dry until the touchup paint fully dries.
Scotchbrite Scrubbing Pad
You will need at least of of these in order to thoroughly clean the drain rim on the sink after removing the old sink strainer basket. Steel wool can be used, as long as much care is taken in order to not scratch or chip the weakened porcelain coating at the bottom of the sink.
Having read this article, you will now know the basic tools you’ll need in order to remove an old sink strainer basket from your kitchen sink. It’s also highly recommended that you wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from flying porcelain chips or pieces of old plumber’s putty. If you need help with step by step instructions on removing the old sink strainer and installing the new one, please read further below in the section.