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Repair a P-Trap - PEP BB plumbing.sand.tiny.ptrap

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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Plumbing.

In this Badge Bit, you will repair a p-trap.  (Note that this BB is part of a 6-part choose your own adventure list BB called the Tiny List. You must complete six Badge Bits in the Tiny List.)


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Some related articles
  - What is a P-Trap?
  - How to Fix a Leakign P-Trap
  - How to Replace a Sink Drain P-Trap
  - How to Replace a Seal on a P-Trap Drain









To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- repair a p-trap

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
   - a before picture of the broken p-trap
   - an in progress shot of you repairing the p-trap
   - an after picture of the newly repaired p-trap
   - a brief description of the problem and how it was fixed
   - OR a 2-minute video of you doing this
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I had a slow drain in the kitchen sinks.  I wasn't sure just where the problem was, either the P-trap or a clog further up the line.  Bracing myself I went into that scary place under the sink where icky stuff lives.  To get access to the pipes to snake them out I had to go into an access port after the P-trap.  While I was under there into it all I decided to both snake the line and remove the P-trap.  I've snaked plenty of lines but never took apart a P-trap.  Seeing the video posted for this BB I realized it shouldn't be a hard task so I decided to do it as well to see if the clog was in there.  I'll post images from that process here, however, it turns out the P-trap was fine, no clogging at all.  So the real issue was a clog further down the line which I am submitting for the BB on zipping a drain line.  Thus, I leave it up to you certifiers where or not to count this submission since there really wasn't a problem with my P-trap to fix.  In the end what I essentially did was go through the motions of fixing it, though I didn't know that was what I was going to do when starting.  Whether I'm granted the BB or not doesn't matter too much to me right now.  What I gained in the process was the knowledge of how to do this, and more to the point, the experience of doing it to realize it's no big deal!  I won't fear doing it again if need be.

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A shot of the clogged sinks.
A shot of the clogged sinks.
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A photo of the pipes under the sink before work.
A photo of the pipes under the sink before work.
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An action shot of removing the P-trap.
An action shot of removing the P-trap.
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Reassembling the P-trap.
Reassembling the P-trap.
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The reconstructed pipework.
The reconstructed pipework.
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Running the water in the sink afterward to verify that the drain runs freely.
Running the water in the sink afterward to verify that the drain runs freely.
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The pipework underneath while the water is running to verify that nothing is leaking.
The pipework underneath while the water is running to verify that nothing is leaking.
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I hereby certify this badge bit complete!

 
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Here is my submission for the Plumbing - Sand for Straw Points - Tiny List - Repair a P-Trap BB.

This is the kitchen sink drain pipe in an older manufactured home and the angles of the pipes tend to stress a P-Trap.  Two years ago we replaced the P-Trap (hard pvc unit) with a silicone P-Trap but recently it slipped off the vertical drain pipe and started leaking again.  This time I found a new option on a recent shopping trip - a flexible replacement P-Trap (think the bendy part of a flexible drink straw).

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following video including
   - a before shot of the broken (ineffective) p-trap
   - an in-progress shot of you repairing the p-trap
       - one end of silicone p-trap loose showing offset
       - one end of new p-trap affixed and fitting the other end
   - an after picture of the newly repaired p-trap (with water running)
   - a brief description of the problem and how it was fixed (above)


Staff note (gir bot) :

David Huang approved this submission.
Note: I didn't know that flexi part existed.  That could be good option to know!

 
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This isn't a p-trap per se, it's a drum trap, but it performs the same function as one in a smaller vertical space. Hopefully it counts--drum traps were developed before p-traps and have largely been replaced by them except in locations like this, where there isn't enough space for one.

While deep-cleaning the bathroom, I used the tub to wash out some items, and noticed it was draining VERY slowly. I've never used the tub the entire time I've flatted here, and my flatmate who did use the tub (and has now moved out) never said anything about it. After removing the drum trap, I could see why it wasn't draining--lots of hairs were clogging it up--short ones, so must have been from the tenants a couple years back! Gross.

Cleaned it all up and the tub now drains perfectly even with the water running at full pace.
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Tub not draining correctly, trap underneath the tub, removing the trap
Tub not draining correctly, trap underneath the tub, removing the trap
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Dirty trap, clean trap, reatached with water running--no leaks!
Dirty trap, clean trap, reatached with water running--no leaks!
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Tub draining well
Tub draining well
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David Huang approved this submission.
Note: I hearby certify this complete. 

 
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I might be bending the rules a little here and maybe it should be an oddball badge instead.

I’ve just bought a house that has been vacant for three years. It’s also old and neglected, so in need of a lot of work. Under the kitchen sink is an S-trap which according to the surveyor should be a P-Trap with an AAV (Air Admittance Valve) . The code has been updated since it was installed. I was expecting to rectify this when I remodelled the whole kitchen. Alas, as I’m discovering, three years haven’t been kind. On our first morning, water started pouring out of the cupboard under the sink. The metal coupling nut connecting the flanged tail piece to the drain spud was broken. (I bought a copy of ‘Home Repair and Improvement’ the day before which is very useful especially when it comes to name of things. As a Brit in the US, knowing that polyfilla is called spackle here saves a lot of time.) I wrongly assumed I could simply replace the coupling nut but no. The tail piece has a flange on both ends. I’d need a new flanged tail piece. During the removal process, I discovered that the who gubbins (uk) / doohicky (us) was held together with calcite and grime. And neither Lowes or Home Depot (B&Q in the UK) had flanged tail piece. So I decided to go ahead and replace the whole lot with 1 1/2 inch PVC with a compliant P-trap and a AAV - a code requirement in NY. There’s also a requirement that it’s raised four inches - mine is attached to a T section with a six inch off cut. It might all be PVC but on the plus side, when I remodel the kitchen I will be able to easily dismantle and reuse the pieces.

So if this isn’t technically a P-Trap repair, I’m happy to move to Odd Ball.



Broken coupling nut


After installing AAV


Finished
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David Huang approved this submission.
Note: I would say that in your overall repair you did everything involved in repairing just a P-Trap and then some.  I hearby certify this BB complete.

 
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My brother, for the second time in a month, has poured grease down the drain and stoped it up. I had to take the pipe loop apart again and clean the grease out. I didn't get all the grease pictured, when I turned my back the dog 'helped' clean up.
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Sink cloged and not draining.
Sink cloged and not draining.
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Undersides driping in the pan.
Undersides driping in the pan.
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Pipe full of grease.
Pipe full of grease.
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Held water and grease that the dog didn't eat.
Held water and grease that the dog didn't eat.
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Sink running and not holding water.
Sink running and not holding water.
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Someone flagged this submission as not complete.
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Note: Missing the photo of the repaired P-trap showing it successfully back together and not leaking.

 
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I'm sorry i forgot that last picture.
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Reassembled and not leaking.
Reassembled and not leaking.
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David Huang approved this submission.
Note: I hearby certify this complete.  Thanks for providing the missing photo here for your initial submission above.

 
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Here is my submission for Repair a P-Trap - PEP BB plumbing.sand.tiny.ptrap

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- repair a p-trap

To document completion of this Badge Bit, I am providing:
  - a before picture of the broken p-trap
  - an in progress shot of me repairing the p-trap
  - an after picture of the newly repaired p-trap
  - a brief description of the problem and how it was fixed

A friends p-trap was leaking and upon unscrewing the pieces, a cracked gasket was discovered. A vigorous scrubbing to the surrounding pipe inners + replacing the gasket was sufficient to restore working order.
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before - leaky p trap removed with bucket collecting water
before - leaky p trap removed with bucket collecting water
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culprit: broken gastet
culprit: broken gastet
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clean out
clean out
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new gasket aquired and replaced
new gasket aquired and replaced
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p-trap reattached, tested, leak-free
p-trap reattached, tested, leak-free
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r ranson approved this submission.

 
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Problem
The water was not draining in the bathroom sink.

Resolution Steps
1. I first snaked the drain to see if there were any clogs with a zip tool. The zip tool did not pull in any hair or sediment.
2. Since this did not resolve the issue I disassembled the pea trap and found alot of sediment and gunk buildup.
3. I cleaned the pea trap with a toothbrush and vinegar.
4. After reassembling and tightening the pea trap water flowed and was no longer stuck in the drain.
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Staff note (gir bot) :

Paul Fookes approved this submission.
Note: I certify this BB complete.

 
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