11:35AM | 12/08/02
Member Since: 12/07/02
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Hi.. I am new to this.. but I thought id give it a shot, because my dad isn't so handy at this stuff either..

We just realized (after a puddle of water was on our floor...) that the pipes under our kitchen sink are leaking.. particularly at the connection of the U- shape.. like where the "trap" is.. Our house is farily old, and we're sure its just oldness that is causing it, but what exactly is it that we can do? should we call a plumber? or is there a semi-easy temp. solution? Also he was wondering if we are going to have to remove the trap to try and fix it?

Hopefully I don't sound like a complete idiot, and any and all help is greatly appreciated.. Thanks!!!


02:20PM | 12/08/02
Member Since: 06/03/01
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Sounds like the 'P' trap. The gaskets are probably old and dried out. Take it apart and take it to your hardware store. Should be able to get new gaskets easily but may need more parts if it is as old as you say. Not expensive or costly to replace entire assembly and may save trouble later.


05:24PM | 12/12/02
Member Since: 11/17/02
50 lifetime posts
I would suggest picing up a book called Plumbing 123 from your local hardware store. This will take you step by step through the process. It isn't difficult, but a little light reading never hurts to speed you along the way.
Good Luck
Raymond Vinzant
Master Plumber
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