How to Replace a Kitchen Sink Strainer

It is so beautiful here in Florida!  Instead of enjoying the beautiful day outside on Sunday, we were stuck inside doing a plumbing repair.  I found that our kitchen sink was leaking.

Let me start off by saying that my husband, Juan, and I are not experts.  We have gone through lots of trials and errors as we remodel our home.  With that said, I am writing this post to show how to repair your own Kitchen Sink Strainer should you have a leak.

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  • a hacksaw with a Carbon Steel blade
  • a large screw driver
  • a pair of channel locks

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  • thread seal tape

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  • plumber’s putty

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  • a new fixed post strainer
  • a bucket

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Disconnect the pipes leading to the strainer.  Have your bucket ready to catch any water that may be collected in the pipes.  The goal is to unscrew that coupling that is just above my husband’s finger.  Yes, that corroded green piece.  Well, we tried everything in our power to turn that sucker.  It was not budging!  This is where the hacksaw comes into play.  You will want to get your blade just above the coupling.  You can see in this picture where Juan is using a tool to try to cut through the old strainer.

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I held the strainer with the big screwdriver to help stabilize while Juan cut with the hacksaw.  Oh, and yes, this is a messy job!

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We inserted the screwdriver in to try to pry a space where the cuts were in the metal.

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Here you can see the hacksaw cutting through.  We didn’t actually cut all the way through this way.  Juan would cut through and I would give it a little spin for the next cut.  We just worked our way around until about 1/3 of the way to go.  Juan took the screwdriver and was able to pry the old strainer apart.

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Here is the bottom part cut away with the coupling still attached!

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Wipe the area clean.

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It is time to attach the new strainer.  Apply the plumber’s putty to the bottom of the new strainer like above.

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Wipe away the excess putty.

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The instructions are in the package.

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This is what it will look like—a newly designed model to avoid all we just went through!

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You can now put the pipes back together.

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Use the thread seal tape where the pieces screw together.  This helps to prevent any leaks.

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This is what it looks like put back together!

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A brand new and improved Kitchen Sick Strainer!

It only took 2 trips to Lowe’s, about 4 hours total and $40 out of our pockets!

Good luck!!

Let me know if you have done this before—-or if you tried my instructions!  Email or leave me a comment!

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