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Plumbing Mini Course - Learn how to unclog a bathroom sink drain - Part 2 of 2
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Bryan Stevens: This nut has got to come off and then I'll show you when that happens, what happens in. Okay got the nut off and you pull this out. This little hand that connects with the stopper. Probably better to put it back in for a second, push it down where the stopper's reach is up. Reach up above the sink, grab the stopper with one hand and pull this out, I think we have the stopper right out. You want to look at this, this is really gross. Lot of hair on this thing right here and let's toppen it up. Let's have a look down the drain, you should be able to see it pretty well.
Female Speaker: Oh my Gosh!
Bryan Stevens: See how clogged it is down there. We are going to clean all that mess up. Okay, the easiest way to clean that up now that you get a hole on top, the stopper is gone as you can see and take something, a paper towel, wrap around something that's long enough and just shove it down in there. I will get through and it will help clean it up. Here we go it goes right into the -- you can see that, that's not pretty in it. Take your Needle-nose pliers and just you pull anything else you get in the sink down and this is pretty common, just hair, hair and soap. It just gets kind of gross looking over a period of time. So you take a needle-nose clean the rest of these thing up.
Get it all cleaned up, get it, take it somewhere and wash it. I will get it all off there. Okay. Okay, get it all cleaned up, get this fixed. First thing you do is put the trap back together, stopper, the nut at the bottom, the wet nut, because one at the top has got a little rim plate, and one on the bottom doesn't. So I want to make sure it's tight. Rest of the one is going to have water on it all the time.
Let's get it tight, once again it's PVC trap, hand tight plus just a little because I need it. Okay tight the top on that. Sometimes, it is a little hard to get started but, you just start it back it's and it's right off the bat and easy work. Okay you have got them all on their. You will have to start on a go ahead. You have nuts and channel locks. To tell you how you can know they are tight enough, so that they don't leak. If it doesn't leak you are in good shape. You have got the packing put back together. The last step in the process is put the stopper back in. The best way to do this if you notice this stopper, it's got a kind of offset on it.
Basically this part goes in into the hole. If you trying it this way, it will be ready and last a longer but it really won't engage it. So you want to make sure when you put your stopper in, this part is towards the back so that this will go in the hole and then we will just activate like that.
So always reach up, put the sink with the offset part towards the back. Then you should be able to put your strip lever in and you then have to point down so it will engage the hole, and number 40 tighten up a little tight, just take a look and make sure it's working. And it is. So the next trick, the only real trick here is to make sure this is just tight enough to seal but if you make it too tight, it will be real hard to top right this lever.
It's got little gas fit in there, and we make sure that gas doesn't fall off and once again this is just a little tight so it doesn't leak but you still move it up and down and now we have got top here now. We will see that it's working, you raise the lever and closes it, lower the lever. So I like the test, with the full bowl drying out but first we will just make sure it's draining right, to begin with, with it open. Fill up underneath here because we have got to make sure that there is no water leaking up the trap, or anywhere else. Now that it's running, go ahead and just fill up. It's a really good idea to do this. Let it fill up to the overflow, which is up here. And you have got a whole full bowl when it drains out, it's going to be as much pressure it will ever have on, as much water is it will ever have on it. If it doesn't leak now, then you know you have got a good connection.
Okay, it's full now. It's good to look underneath. Make sure there are no other leaks. Pay careful attention to the little nut at the top or you put the trip lever, for the stopper in. That's a pretty leak prone area. And these are the nuts here, and it looks good. You can hear that noise. That means it is draining completely. Have a look and make sure I am not bluffing. It's definitely drained.
Okay that's how to unstop a lavatory sink bowl. That was pretty nasty looking but it took probably about 10 minutes to do that. If you call the plumber out you are looking at probably a $100-200. So it's definitely a pretty simple repair. The only thing you might have different would be you might have metals, metal tubing underneath there instead of plastic. You could do, I will recommend going back to the plastic and so far the last years and years and years and years and it's just really easy to work with. Any hardware store people go for whatever they are going to have. So, hope this has been helpful. My name again is Bryan Stevens, you can check me out on my website www.basicplumbingrepair.com or you can sign up for free mini course on how do your own plumbing. If you want to check out my blog just go to www.basicpumbingrepair.com/blog. See you next time.