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How can I unscrew this nut with little clearance?

What you want is a basin wrench: (Source) The left end pivots so you can reach up under the sink and access the nut. That said, you have some serious corrosion going on there. You might have to go ...
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How can I remove a porcelain sink from a granite counter?

A kitchen sink is usually relatively large and when made of porcelain it's probably pretty heavy. The putty knife is a good idea but you're fighting against not just the silicone but also the weight ...
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Should I run the tap while dumping boiling water?

April 13, 2016 Purpose: There is some disagreement as to whether boiling water can be poured down a residential kitchen sink without damaging the drain pipe. It might be assumed that if the pipe ...
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How can I remove a porcelain sink from a granite counter?

Jack up the sink slowly. Take all of the plumbing out, get a car jack or any other type of small jack, put a piece of a 2x6/8 in between and push that thing up. Once you get a little bit of upward ...
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Can I replace this broken pipe under my kitchen sink?

Yes - that's a "tailpiece" - the new one may be too long, if so, they are made that way so you can cut them to fit - but there's also considerable space to slide them built into the connections, so ...
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How can I stop sink fitting from leaking?

The metal stub from the wall should have a washer inside the sip joint nut (red arrow): Click to embiggen If your plastic pipe simply slipped in, then either the washer is completely missing or has ...
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garbage disposal relocation

Good pictures. You have an unusual configuration for that drain. Typically, there is only one drain line coming from the wall into the kitchen cabinet. That would have one trap and upstream of the ...
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How to remove this water shut off valve under the kitchen sink?

That plumbing is PEX which uses compression fittings. You have two styles of compression rings on it, the black-ish ones with the aqua copper corrosion are "copper crimp rings" and the ...
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What type of pipe joint is this, and how do I repair it?

That's known as a slip joint. If you remove the slip nut, you should find a beveled washer on the pipe. To put the joint together, you'll slide the slip nut onto the upper pipe, followed by the ...
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How can I unscrew this nut with little clearance?

You could use a box spanner, the pipe will go up the body of the spanner and the pin used to turn the spanner is not fixed. I have used basin wrenches ( I know them as tap wrenches ) but sometime get ...
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Garbage Disposal - Water Shoots Up Non-Disposal Side

Replace that 4 way junction with two wyes offset from each other (you might drop the disposal trap a few inches to achieve this) and extend the aav arm as high as possible. The pressure from the ...
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Garbage Disposal - Water Shoots Up Non-Disposal Side

Get rid of that double trap setup and that PVC tee monster. Configure a single p-trap to a waste ell on the vertical waste pipe coming out of the floor. A baffle tee goes to the top of the trap with ...
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What adhesive is typically used to "glue" a porcelain under-counter sink to a stone countertop

Most likely it's silicone. You should be able to cut it with a razor/knife to free the sink and then scrape/peel it off completely once the sink is out of the way.
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Is it possible to add fluoride to my tap water?

I know this has gotten a bit off topic, but in an attempt to answer the question - according to my wife, a hygienist - your best bet is to use: Fluoridated toothpaste Take a fluoride supplement ...
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How can I unscrew this nut with little clearance?

File a bit of steel pipe so that you have two pins that match the notches in the nut - this will lengthen the nut to a point where you can apply normal tools.
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What are these extra tubes underneath the kitchen sink faucet?

Your faucet has a removable sprayer part. #2 is the hose that goes to this, it runs through the inside of the faucet and is attached to the faucet temperature valve on one and, and the handheld ...
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Garbage Disposal - Water Shoots Up Non-Disposal Side

Et voila. This is what you should aim for, but where I drew the red circle you'll replace the wall tube with another tee that goes up to the vent and down to the drain. Turn the disposal around as ...
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What type of pipe joint is this, and how do I repair it?

In the UK this would be called a compression waste fitting. There is a rubber ring that goes around the pipe, and is squashed by tightening the nut, in order to achieve a watertight seal. The pipe ...
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what kind of faucet is this and how do I take off handle?

You should find a set screw under the small colored plug.
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Should I run the tap while dumping boiling water?

First of all, do you in fact have PVC pipes? Lots of older houses have cast iron end-to-end, so nothing at all to worry about in that case. Even if you do have PVC, I don't think there's any serious ...
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Gap between top mount sink and new counter

If it is warpage (that should be a word)... you can sand out that area given this isn't stone. You could sand a groove for that and set the back into it. I am just look at a picture but it looks ...
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Kitchen sink drawer blocked by p trap

I had a similar issue with the drawer under my gas cooktop. Actually, for a gas cooktop many people use a false-front, as you likely have here, for the top drawer, but most gas cooktops now are ...
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Can I reuse my sink during a kitchen renovation?

Most commercially purchased drop in sinks as easy to remove and reinstall. Only custom built ins are not so easy. Commercial drop ins are held in place by clamps up under the sink and or silicone RTV....
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Garbage Disposal Electrical Connection

The round hole/port where the conduit fitting is located is actually a threaded port. If you unscrew the locking nut on the fitting, you will then be able to unscrew the threaded conduit fitting from ...
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Electric sockets directly under water pipes under the sink - Safety

I believe this is not uncommon. The circuit must be protected by an RCD (RCBO). There is usually a means of disconnecting or isolating the socket from above if the socket is inaccessible when ...
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Large hole in porcelain kitchen sink - is it fixable?

I think for a temporary fix you could use a good two-part epoxy. I don't consider it a DIY thing to completely restore a sink like that, but there are companies that refresh bathtubs. I'm not sure ...
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What is this next to the kitchen bar sink?

It looks like my glass/ bottle washer. Is there a knob that turns the hot water on? Mine only had hot water ran the sink until hot set the glass on the wash push the button it would go for 20~ seconds ...
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What is this next to the kitchen bar sink?

I do not think that it is technically a "washer". It is more for rinsing a glass, by itself it is not enough to wash the glass. These are used in bars for draft beer. If you rinse a pint/beer glass ...
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Re-plumbing kitchen sink

It could possibly be a clean out valve. These valves are often found under sinks which clog easily and/or often (like the kitchen sink), because they provide an easy way for a plumber to access the ...
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Garbage Disposal - Water Shoots Up Non-Disposal Side

Apologies for the mickey mouse sketches. There are lots of CAD gurus here who would rightly shame me for this .... but anyway .... top is what I believe @JimmyFix-it intends. I think it's the ...
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