I removed the trap to clean it out. There were actually two pieces: the trap, and a piece of pipe connecting the trap to the drain pipe broken piece I need to replaceWhen putting it back, I realized the threads and top of the connecting pipe were broken a bit and wouldn’t fit back into the pipe as is. I must have removed something that wasn’t supposed to be. Anyways, now I need a replacement pipe to go from the drain pipe to my trap. The top I think needs to be female but I don’t have much room to wrap around the drain pipe- maybe only a half inch- before it would hit the stopper device. Not much space for a female connection

Which pipes do I need?removed pipe that needs replacement

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    Can you get the threaded piece out of the bottom? If you can’t you may need to replace the entire drain assembly, don’t panic only about 12.00$ at the big orange home store “pop up assembly” by easy flow I have done a bunch of these over the years. Funny thing when your customers trust you they ask you to fix all kinds of stuff. I did tons of toilets sinks and bathtubs. Back when my schedule was not packed and the extra $ came in handy. When an apprentice thinks it’s stupid for an electrician to have a few plumbing parts and then you get $50+ for a 50c to 10$ part no extra travel they learn. – Ed Beal Mar 19 at 22:34
  • @EdBeal Type this up as an answer, it's exactly what needs to be done. Way too much typing for me to do on a Friday happy hour. – JACK Mar 19 at 22:37
  • Ok great- I think I will look for a new pop up assembly then. I didn’t know the name of the pipe but makes sense. – Damian P Mar 20 at 3:00
  • Damian getting the old nasty brass threads out can be really tough I have done it to find that that MFG must have a custom sized screw in piece so I had to replace the assembly. The very inexpensive ones are chrome plated plastic but they work fine. As the price goes up there are fancier / heavier drain and pop up assemblies, good luck. – Ed Beal Mar 20 at 3:33

If you can’t get the tail out of the basin pop up /drain stopper you may need to replace the entire drain assembly. Don’t panic only about 12.00$ at the big orange home store “pop up assembly” by easy flow is one inexpensive one that will work.

First remove the drain pop up lever unscrew the plastic and pull the rod out the back. the rod is held in place by a spring clip now you can slid the rod off the clip

The basin nut at the bottom of the sink now needs to be unscrewed loosened.

Now comes a possible difference depending on type some the nut will come all the way off and the assembly can be pushed up. The other way (most common) is the top section unscrews and when the flange is loose pull down and remove lift the top piece and stopper out and it is ready to be reassembled.

When you purchase the new piece if it doesn’t have a seal for the top (many come with a neoprene seal) you will need a small tub of plumbers putty.

Roll out a nice fat worm slightly longer than what it takes to wrap around the pipe at the top part (the flair that the stopper sits on) when snugged down plumbers putty squishes out and fills the voids creating a water tight seal of there is not a neoprene seal. Other than that you can keep the existing piece to push and pull the stopper or remove and install the new one. The stopper adjustment is the toughest part it may be slightly higher or lower than the original once adjusted I put the slip joint pipe to the P Trap and snug all the nuts. After doing this a few times it can be done in under 15 minutes, but the first time expect 30-45 minutes. A pair of plumbers players with the adjustable jaws that can open to 1-1/2” really makes the job much easier and is the only tool I usually use other than a screw driver to scrape any old plumbers putty away after removing the drain/ pop up assembly.

There may be some instructions make sure to look them over , if you have an over flow drain you will want to line up the holes with the drain.

I probably made it sound hard but really I have to pull mine apart several times a year because it gets plugged with long hair from the wife, daughters and all the granddaughters long hair they are not hard and if you can’t get the tail out or find a new one to screw in you will need to replace it.

  • I now know why my pop up assembly had a hole in it on top (overflow receptor). I stuck my finger in the gap in the drain where the overflow arrives: quite disgusting but had to clean it out. Plumbers pliers would indeed make this easier. I’ve been using a heavy old wrench and it is a pain. And lastly, it was damn difficult to remove the waste seat. I had to cut the gasket underneath to be able to push up the old assembly high enough to grab the old waste seat with pliers, bend it enough so I could grip it, and then wrench it from below. Thanks again – Damian P Mar 20 at 4:59
  • Damian, we get our thanks through upvotes and accepted answers. If you found a comment or answer helpful upvote for a answer that was useful the check mark accepts the answer and helps others find an acceptable answer when they have a similar problem. It sounds like you are well on your way to be a diy plumber each task you do you gain knowledge and skills. Good luck. – Ed Beal Mar 20 at 14:42

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