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Old 01-17-2019, 04:32 PM   #1
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Removing kitchen sink

I'm trying to remove the kitchen sink in my 1968 Airstream Overlander 26'. I have attached a picture of the piping and wonder if I need a "special tool" to separate the plumbing pipes from the sink.

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Looks like all of those pipes are glued together. If that is true, there is no turning any of those. Hacksaw time.
The male threads from the sink strainer basket are screwed down into the ABS female threaded adapter fitting. To remove the nut, the threaded adapter comes off first, unscrews from the strainer. Once the plastic adapter is removed, that nut can be removed with channel lock pliers.

Check out youtube for "sink strainer removal" to see how it is done on modern sinks. (new style is removed and installed by hand without glue.
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Looks like all of those pipes are glued together. If that is true, there is no turning any of those. Hacksaw time.
The male threads from the sink strainer basket are screwed down into the ABS female threaded adapter fitting. To remove the nut, the threaded adapter comes off first, unscrews from the strainer. Once the plastic adapter is removed, that nut can be removed with channel lock pliers.

Check out youtube for "sink strainer removal" to see how it is done on modern sinks. (new style is removed and installed by hand without glue.
Thanks for your response. I was hoping that I could unscrew the sink strainer nut from the ABS pipe and not have to cut the ABS pipe but it sounds like that isn't the case, right?
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A photo that shows all of the piping might reveal something more, but from what I see it looks like a cut job.
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A photo that shows all of the piping might reveal something more, but from what I see it looks like a cut job.
You're probably right....I'll have to look at it again tomorrow. Don't know a great deal about plumbing but if I have to cut it - I guess I'll just have to learn 🤞

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this video shows a good example how it should be re-installed.
https://www.finehomebuilding.com/200...ce-a-sink-trap

Though, if there is not enough space to install the tailpieces beneath the strainer, as shown in the video, you might have to re-install it like it was originally.
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If I recall, and it has been several years, the stink strainers unscrew from the top. There is a tool you can get at any good hardware store that will fit down in the strainer basket from the top and then just unscrew it. Don't cut the pipes.
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Thanks...will look into doing that. That would be the solution I'd like.
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If I recall, and it has been several years, the stink strainers unscrew from the top. There is a tool you can get at any good hardware store that will fit down in the strainer basket from the top and then just unscrew it. Don't cut the pipes.
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Thanks...will look into doing that. That would be the solution I'd like.
You can try inserting the handles of a pair of pliers down into the strainer. Then use a wrench or screw driver for leverage to turn the pliers.

Or, you can purchase this, or a similar, tool.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Armour-L...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

You will need someone to hold a wrench on that ABS fitting from below while turning the tool above.

If you are changing the sink, make sure the drain holes are in the same location in the new sink and the depth of the sink is the same. If you are changing the strainer, make sure the bell height is the same. If you change any dimension the pipes will need to be relocated.
Good luck!
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If I recall, and it has been several years, the stink strainers unscrew from the top. There is a tool you can get at any good hardware store that will fit down in the strainer basket from the top and then just unscrew it. Don't cut the pipes.
You saved me a lot of frustration by letting me know to unscrew the sink strainer from the top and which tool is necessary. It all work as you said and the sink is out and fortunately no cutting necessary.

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