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If you're having trouble installing a kitchen sink strainer, follow these simple steps. First, loosen the basket strainer from the sink's underside using a basket wrench. Use minimal force so as not to damage it. Next, disconnect the drainpipes. Finally, apply plumber's putty along the drain pipe's bottom edge. Use equal-sized pieces along the length of the nut. You can purchase plumber's putty at a hardware store.

Clean the pipe

After you've removed the old strainer, clean the pipe. Make sure to scrub any grit or debris from the sink's interior using hot soapy water. If it's rusted or otherwise damaged, replace it. To attach the new strainer, place the slip-nut over the tailpiece pipe and the trap pipe. Then, place a plastic washer and a compression nut on the back of the strainer. Make sure that the pipes fit snugly together and that no one squeezes out the rubber washer.

Need a sink drain assembly kit

To install a new kitchen sink strainer, you'll need a sink drain assembly kit. The kit includes pliers, a basket wrench, plumber's putty, and the brass tailpiece that connects the basket strainer to the main drainpipe. Remove the old strainer and then insert the new one. Connect the new strainer using plumber's putty. If the drain connection has become loose, you should contact a plumber or use silicone caulk to reinstall it.

After removing the basket, wrap it with putty. If the thread seems to be too long, you can cut off the excess putty. Next, insert the basket strainer into the drain hole. Press firmly enough to seal the putty, but not so hard that it pushes out of the hole. Wipe the excess putty under the basket strainer. Insert a washer in the drain hole to seal it in place. The friction band shields the washer against the nut.


Installing a sink strainer is a relatively simple DIY plumbing project. It provides a barrier between the sink drain pipe and the strainer, and prevents the sink from becoming clogged. A properly installed kitchen strainer will also protect the sink from stains and leaks. When not properly installed, a sink strainer may cause a blockage, and leaks can develop between the sink and strainer. As time passes, the strainer can wear out and need replacement.

Test the new basket strainer

A new basket strainer for your Kitchen Sink shouldn't be more than $50. Although the initial investment may seem excessive, the cost of a high-quality basket strainer will pay for itself in the long run. Try to select one with a durable finish and a reliable stopper mechanism. Some types have a plastic knob while others have a spin lock stopper. Make sure to test the new basket strainer to ensure it does not leak.


Replace the sink stopper

Next, you should take a look at the pipes. Make sure they're all in good shape. Replace the sink stopper if you haven't already done so. Before you begin installing a new basket strainer, test the sink drain for leaks. If you've been using a basket strainer for a long time, you should check the pipes to make sure they're all in the right place.

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