Saturday, March 8, 2014

How to Remove a Leaking Sink Basket - Part 1 of 2 - Removal

Fig.1 Caulked sink basket
By Gary Boutin
Supplies and Tools:  
Channel Locks pliers
Hacksaw with new blade
Flat tipped screwdriver

Mrs Stone wanted her kitchen sink to stop leaking. She called my repair service to solve her problem.

This post shows eight steps to remove a severely caulked sink basket. 

Step 1: Upper right fig.1 shows the sink basket that has many layers of latex caulking. A prior handyman had decided to apply bathroom caulking over the entire sink basket to stop it from leaking instead of replacing the part.
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the brass vertical pipe which has the brass nut unscrewed from the transverse arm of the sink system.
Fig.2 Pipes connected
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the horizontal pipe removed and on the kitchen sink cabinet.

Fig.3 Transverse pipe
Step 4: Fig.4 shows the caulking still remains around the sink basket.
Fig.4 Only caulking and sink basket
Step 5: Fig.5 and fig.6 shows the old sink basket had to be pried out of the sink drainage. A screwdriver is prying off the edges of this metal sink basket.
Fig.5 Underneath sink
Fig.6 Basket lip pried up

Step 6: Fig.7 shows the old sink basket has been removed from the kitchen sink.
Fig.7 Damaged plastic 
basket inside sink

Step 7: Fig.8 shows the sink basket has been removed and the sink flange needs to be cleaned prior to installing the new one.
Fig.8 White sink basket removed

Step 8: Fig.9 shows the new sink basket that will be placed into the sink.

Fig.9 New sink basket

How to Remove a Leaking Sink Basket:
  • Part 1 of 2 - Removal
  • Part 2 of 2 - Installing the Sink Basket

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