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Good way to remove something from a bathroom sink overflow drain?

I'd be going at it with a strongest vacuum you can come up with. Maybe put a nylon stocking over the end of the hose so the earring doesn't get damaged flying down the pipe.
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What is this closed off pipe under my kitchen sink?

It is a drain cleanout. You can try turning it clockwise to see if it tightens enough to stop the leak. If not, have a bucket or pan to catch any spillage, turn it counter clockwise, remove the plug, ...
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What should I be aware of in buying second-hand sinks and toilets?

I applaud your effort at frugality and environmentalism. The "throwaway" mindset peeves me to no end. Many folks change out fixtures just to change the look or size, and there are plenty of good units ...
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My toggle bolt hole hit a stud. What do I do now?

That sounds like a good problem to have. Go to the store and get a lag screw, and use that instead. (source: china-ogpe.com) Attaching the sink to a stud is preferable, and will offer a more ...
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How to remove a laundry sink that is glued to the counter top with silicone?

Yeah, when spread over a larger area silicone holds really well. The key is to apply pressure over a small area, without bending your sink. Start at a corner or a thin place. Use a utility knife or ...
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How do I temporarily fix the hole in a porcelain sink?

I did that once as a kid and my father fixed it with some epoxy. If you buy a good water-proof two-part epoxy it should seal the lines nicely until you can replace the sink bowl.
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How do I temporarily fix the hole in a porcelain sink?

It seems like you can use old "bowl in a sink" solution
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Under sink has cylindrical fixture instead of J-pipe, what is it and how to clear it out?

That is a drum trap. [Evidently also called a bottle trap in some parts of the world, per comments] They are rather old school, and out of favor in code now. I'm more used to finding them embedded in ...
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Good way to remove something from a bathroom sink overflow drain?

If you absolutely, positively, must know for certain that you've hooked the earring, the whole earring, and nothing but the earring, then you want an endoscope: An inexpensive USB or WiFi endoscope ...
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Is my p-trap installed correctly?

Didn't know about trimming tailpices to fit, leading to odd arrangement with more pipe than needed. And more critical; that's an S trap now. The pair of vertical elbows at the wall entrance is a ...
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Is my sink P-trap too low?

Bring your Ptrap up or your Sanitary Tee down. AS noted by others you can cut the tail of the piece where it goes into the top of the Ptrap shorter ( thereby bringing the Ptrap up ), This will ...
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What type of bathroom sink supply plumbing is this?

Chrome-plated copper. They will last virtually forever, unlike "modern" flex lines. The fittings either are, or are compatible with, compression fittings. The 5/8" pipe from the wall is ...
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Connecting a p-trap via bending the drain stem vs the trap arm?

It's standard practice to use one or more horizontal bends on the drain stub (trap arm) to gain alignment. In this case, a single 45° elbow toward the camera should do nicely. You'll swing the trap ...
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Is my sink P-trap too low?

In the OP's installation the last horizontal run going into the vertical drain appears to be slightly higher than the horizontal run coming from the disposer. I think this will cause the horizontal ...
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How do I connect my sink to the drain in the wall?

Go to your local big-box store (or even better, a locally owned plumbing supply place) and get a standard P-trap kit. It will include all the pieces you need as well as instructions on how to install ...
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What are these rubber gaps near the top of my sink drain?

Bathroom sinks typically have an overflow hole which routes the water into the drain instead of overflowing your sink in the event that your stopper is engaged and the water is left running. Per your ...
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Is my plan for an air admittance valve ok?

The valve needs to be downstream of the trap, basically in the position an actual vent would be. source Also, be sure they're legal where you are. My local inspector forced me to run a new vent line ...
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Good way to remove something from a bathroom sink overflow drain?

You could try a flexible claw pickup. Press the end, the claws open, let go and they close:
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How do I temporarily fix the hole in a porcelain sink?

I hate "not answering the real question" but I also hate people wasting their time. Instead of spending 20-30 dollars on 2 part epoxy and maybe making this waterproof AND chancing a small ...
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How should this sink drain be connected?

Your sink doesn't drain properly because the water has to go up hill to drain. The right way to fix this is to remove this elbow: And then re-plumb it like this (but flipped horizontally): You will ...
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How do I plumb this kitchen sink to stop the leak and improve drainage

try setting it up like this. you will have to trim the dishwasher feed tail pipe a bit (be sure to bring it up high like @DMoores pictures to keep the sink from draining into the dishwasher.
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Sink tailpiece doesn't line up with trap

The photos posted above were really helpful, since many people may not know what connectors and adapters are available -- as I didn't before replacing two vanities. Therefore, I thought I'd post ...
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How to identify an old compression stem in order to find a replacement

How many splines are on the broach, how long is it and what's its diameter? As according to faucetpartsplus.com, that's all you need to get started. They have an entire list for spline counts, ...
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Is my p-trap too low?

You seem to have way more piping that you actually need. Some points to be made reference this picture: There is freedom to rotate the whole disposer to optimize the piping. You should be able to cut ...
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How do I scribe a curved sink?

Start by making a template. Using a dry-erase marker, draw a line on the sink where it will meet the new cabinet cutout. You can hold a ruler flat against the rectangular piece shown in the photo to ...
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Is it ok to have a 15 amp 240v outlet in close proximity to a sink?

GFCI If the receptacle was installed many years ago, it might not have GFCI. If so, I highly recommend GFCI protection, even if not strictly required by code. (Code requires GFCI for any receptacles ...
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How to tighten / connect these pipes under the bathroom sink?

You should be able to turn both of them clockwise to tighten. They both should have a tapered hard rubber/plastic or black rubber gasket that is squeezed and tightens around the inner pipe (the male ...
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How to remove a laundry sink that is glued to the counter top with silicone?

Brute Force First try what @isherwood suggests. Try really hard. If that doesn't work, follow the spirit of his answer, adapt to your exact situation, and try harder. But if you give up here's your ...
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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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Should sink overflow be full of water?

Is that normal? NO, It should not be full of water. It's purpose is to drain water that flows into it so water does not spill over the top of the sink and on the floor. There is channel that the ...
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