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What are the black pads stuck to the underside of a sink?

I found some hard black pads with a honeycomb pattern stuck to the bottom of my sink. Some of them are starting to disintegrate and fall apart. Wondering what the purpose of these are and if I need to ...
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Should I run the tap while dumping boiling water?

It seems to be common advice to run the cold water while dumping boiling water down the drain (for example, when draining pasta). A variety of reasons are cited for this, one of which is that it is ...
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How can I unscrew this nut with little clearance?

I am trying to replace my kitchen faucet and have encountered a nut that I don’t know how to get at. As you can see the nut is bounded by counter (green) on one side and sink (red) on the other. I’ve ...
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Garbage Disposal - Water Shoots Up Non-Disposal Side

Understand this is asked often. Each case is different though and have not found someone with my plumbing configuration (see pictures). So when we turn on garbage disposal we get water shooting up ...
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How can I remove a broken knife blade stuck in my sink disposal?

My garbage disposal currently has a thin piece (head of a butter knife) of metal lodged between the teeth and the wall. I’ve tried using a flat head screw driver, butter knives , etc., but have had no ...
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garbage disposal relocation

Complete newbie to DIY-ing as well as Plumbing. My wife and I decided to upgrade our kitchen sink and we chose a single basin, 9" deep model. I've been reading a lot on plumbing best practices ...
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How to remove this water shut off valve under the kitchen sink?

I'm trying to remove the sink cabinet but I'm stuck at these water shut off valves and the escutcheons. Water is off already. Tried to use a wrench but didn't seem to do much.
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How can I remove a porcelain sink from a granite counter?

I'd like to replace my kitchen sink. It is a drop-in porcelain, mounted in a granite tile countertop. It has been there almost 20 years. The tile is in great shape and I would like to avoid ...
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In order to avoid shutting off water to the whole house, can I temporarily terminate a PEX pipe at a closed shut-off valve?

I am helping the in-laws remove their countertops and disconnect their kitchen sink in preparation for new countertops and a new sink. The only wrinkle is that the existing sink does not appear to ...
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Alternative method for connecting sink drain with waste pipe directly under?

This seemed so much easier in my head before I started. The sink drain is just about directly over the waste pipe. I glued this together with two 45s and a 2 to 1 1/2 wye. I need to connect an AAV to ...
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How can I stop sink fitting from leaking?

We have a somewhat interesting set up under our kitchen sink. There is a flexible pipe fitting connecting the sink drain to the waste pipe. We recently had a clog in the line and I had to disassemble ...
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Is this sink faucet removable?

We are trying to replace this sink faucet because the hot water has very little flow. We traced that problem to the faucet itself but now we are unsure if the faucet and handles are removable from the ...
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Is it possible to add fluoride to my tap water?

I live in a city without fluoridated drinking water. Do I have any options for adding fluoride to my tap water? I found countless results online for filters that can remove fluoride from tap water, ...
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Can I replace this broken pipe under my kitchen sink?

This pipe under my kitchen sink has a big crack in the area circled in yellow. (It's on the back side so it isn't visible in the photo.) Can I simply unscrew the nut at the top that I circled in red ...
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Feasibility Of Kitchen Sink Swap

I already know that I will hire a plumber to perform this swap/install-- what I'm looking for is feasibility or hidden "gotchas" with the idea before I commit to buying the sink. What I have ...
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Does this kitchen drain plumbing look correct?

I'm not a plumber by any means, but my kitchen renovation is already very over-budget so figured I'd attempt to connect my sink plumbing myself. I haven't glued this together, it's just dry fitted, ...
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Unable to detach kitchen faucet

I'm attempting to replace a kitchen faucet but unable to unscrew nuts holding the large stabilizing piece in place. I have them mostly unscrewed, but they are down against a plastic piece attaching a ...
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Can I salvage my disaster of an under-sink cabinet for actual storage? [closed]

I have recently moved into a newly built house and after initially putting things in places I'm now going through and reorganising and finding the snags etc. Come to my disaster of a cabinet under the ...
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What type of pipe joint is this, and how do I repair it?

The plastic pipe under my kitchen sink is leaking. This top pipe seems to simply be resting on the bottom section. Is this how it is supposed to be? I can freely pull the pipes apart with a little bit ...
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What adhesive is typically used to "glue" a porcelain under-counter sink to a stone countertop

Is it silicone adhesive that kitchen and bathroom remodelers use to "glue" a porcelain sink to the underside of a granite countertop around the perimeter of the cutout? Something else? P.S. ...
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Why do bathroom sinks have overflow holes whereas kitchen sinks and tubs do not?

My understanding is that the purpose of the overflow holes is twofold-- To allow water to flow down you drain faster. To prevent overflow if the sink is filling faster than it's draining. If #1 was ...
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Kitchen sink drawer blocked by p trap [duplicate]

I made a bit of a beginner's mistake and forgot to account for the sink drawer so the drawer doesn't fully close as it hits the p-trap. No way to lift the drain pipe since it goes into a side cabinet ...
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Electric sockets directly under water pipes under the sink - Safety

I am in the process of buying a new bungalow. However I have noticed that there is a standard double 13a socket below the plumbing under the sink which is giving me cause for concern. The builder ...
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Garbage Disposal Electrical Connection

I'm swapping the old garbage disposal at my wife and I's first home. I disconnected the electrical components, but I'm stuck on how to remove this power cord. I doubt it any of these parts came with ...
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How can I replace this P-trap

This metal p-trap in my kitchen has rusted out at the bottom and is leaking. I removed it and in this case the nut goes on the trap side and the piece it connects to is threaded. I'm used to seeing ...
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Slip nut wrench vs adjustable wrench

I'm trying to tighten a slip joint zinc nut where a leak appears to be coming from. I found this particular wrench which seems to fit the bill (shown below and here). How is this tool better-suited ...
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Why does my sink's strainer bowl connection leak?

I have two kitchen sinks, a P-Trap is indeed located under the floor. The problem I'm experiencing is that with heavy water flow (when open hot or cold water tap at full rate), the leak starts at "red ...
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How do you replace a Moen cartridge 4000?

Recently my kitchen faucet delivers less water pressure for hot water (cold water is fine) and water takes much longer to get warm. All other faucets (bathroom sinks, shower, ...) are working as usual....
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Water pressure high when first opening kitchen faucet then reduces dramatically when fully opening faucet

This just started happening today out of nowhere. When I open the kitchen faucet halfway the water pressure is ok. When I open the faucet fully the water pressure drops dramatically. Any ideas as to ...
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How can I remove the stopper from my sink?

As you can see in the picture, in my infinite wisdom, I managed to block the kitchen sink with the stopper by placing it upside down in the sink, now I can't take the stopper out... Oops. Any ...
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Gap between top mount sink and new counter

Is there anything that can be done about this gap? This is a fire clay sink and it seems to be warped a little.
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How to get a stuck Moen faucet cartridge out?

I have a single-lever Moen kitchen faucet that's 12 yrs old and I'm trying to replace the original cartridge. Moen sent a replacement cartridge (1225 B), that includes a removal tool. I've removed ...
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what kind of faucet is this and how do I take off handle?

The handle is loose (a bit wiggly) and I want to take it off to figure out how to tighten it. Problem is I can't figure out how to take it off... My guess is it is from mid to late 2000s
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My sink is not clogged but water does not drain

Our kitchen sink (which is like 2 weeks old) is clogging up... and it's really weird, because I can't find a single (physical) clog. When you fill up a basin (let's say you put in 2 liters) and open ...
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Large hole in porcelain kitchen sink - is it fixable?

My wife dropped a cutting board in the sink today and we ended up with quite a large hole. I believe the sink is porcelain. This is not ideal as she was planning on doing a lot of holiday cooking. I’...
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What's the name for this piece attached to the kitchen faucet hose?

Some time ago, I had a lot of rust and debris come into our plumbing due to some maintenance work my city did. Since then, my kitchen faucet cold water has been coming in pretty slowly. When I finally ...
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Can I reuse my sink during a kitchen renovation?

Sometime in the next few years, I'd like to redo my kitchen. But for now, I'd like to replace the beat-up double sink with a new, single sink and a garbage disposal. If I replace the sink now, will ...
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Why am I failing to connect this simple kitchen sink pipe?

Hi all I'm having trouble reconnecting this L shaped pipe to the main pipes under the sink. No matter how I arrange or push or connect the slip nuts, they seemed to get jammed by the washer/band ...
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How to properly fix leaky pipe connections under sink

After being away from the house for a week, we had the unpleasant surprise of returning to a note from our housesitters about a leak under our sink. The whole bottom of the cabinet had a layer of ...
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Is flow direction through fittings important when fitting PVC or ABS pipe?

I am replacing the rusted out plumbing (drain, p trap, tee, trap adapters, 45 degree elbow) under my kitchen sink with ABS, but I notice that some fittings offer a choice of hub or spigot connections. ...
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Venting a double kitchen sink (converting from an S trap to a P trap with AAV in a tight space)

I'm replacing my double kitchen sink and replacing an S trap with a P trap. There is no vent nearby that I can tie into easily, so I'm going with an under sink AAV. Issue is, I don't have much space ...
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Specific name of this faucet / sink type

I'm having a heck of a time finding a replacement faucet for this sink. I was hoping someone could enlighten me as to if there's a specific name for this type of sink/faucet that might help me locate ...
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Smells in kitchen sink

We have a smell that only comes from the kitchen sink sometimes. I have tried cleaning it all different ways many times. Have taken the plumbing apart by the Ptrap and have done the baking soda ...
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What is a good option for raising my kitchen sink?

We just moved in to a new-to-us house (build in 1986), and I feel like the kitchen sink is "too" low. I've just learned that "standard" counter height is 36 inches; I measure 35 1/4" from the floor to ...
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Under Sink Plumbing WTF

Recently bought a house that has this setup under the kitchen sink. The garbage disposal flows into other side of the sink, which seems obvious when looking at the tee connecting the two sides. ...
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Plumbing Piece(?) Identification From Stop Valve Removal

Posted a question here to help me debug low water pressure to my kitchen faucet. Link to post here: kitchen-faucet-low-water-pressure-cold-only Basically, there was low water pressure only on the ...
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What is this next to the kitchen bar sink?

What is this next to the sink?!
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Where does my p-trap start and end

I have a clogged kitchen sink and most videos show removing the p-trap if using a plunger does not work. However, my p-trap looks different than most videos I've seen. Usually the two "screws&...
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What to do to sink cabinet so that water won't leak under it

I recently had water leak from the pipe connector that connects the faucet and the dishwasher under the kitchen sink. There was a cabinet under the sink, and there was a big hole in the cabinet's ...
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Is it a problem if my sink drain fittings aren't quite straight?

I had new kitchen counters and a deeper sink installed, which made re-connecting my garbage disposal a bit of a challenge. The drain is also further to the side, so I could no longer connect straight ...
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