How to Replace A Kitchen Sink Strainer
Step 1 – Remove The Nut Using A Channellock
The first thing you need to do is grab your channellock and remove the nut underneath your sink. Please get a bucket to catch the trap water and prevent the floor from getting wet.
Table of Contents
- Step 2 – Remove Another Nut
- Step 3 – Remove The Strainer
- Step 4 – Clean Up The Old Plumber’s Putty
- Step 5 – Separate Out Your Kitchen Strainer Basket
- Step 6 – Apply The Plumber’s Putty To The Sink Strainer
- Step 7 – Put The New Strainer Back In The Sink
- Step 8 – Fix The Metal Lower Half From Underneath
- Step 9 – Make Sure All The Nuts Are Tight
- Step 10 – Remove The Excess Plumber’s Putty
- Step 11 – Run The Water From The Faucet
Step 2 – Remove Another Nut
Once again, grab your channellock and remove another nut which is just above the one you removed earlier. This nut can be a bit stubborn, so please feel free to use a hacksaw if channellock doesn’t help.
Step 3 – Remove The Strainer
Now that we have the nut removed, you can remove the strainer basket with ease. This should be rusty and greasy, so please use a pair of gloves if you have.
Step 4 – Clean Up The Old Plumber’s Putty
Once you have removed the basket, you need to clean up this area using a paper towel.
Step 5 – Separate Out Your Kitchen Strainer Basket
Now that we have finished the clean up, we need to separate the kitchen strainer. First you will be removing the metal lower half of the basket, then the paper ring and the rubber gasket.
Step 6 – Apply The Plumber’s Putty To The Sink Strainer
Take some plumber’s putty and finger roll it and apply it uniformly to the new kitchen strainer.
Step 7 – Put The New Strainer Back In The Sink
Once you have applied the putty, you can place the new kitchen strainer back into the sink and apply little pressure if necessary.
Step 8 – Fix The Metal Lower Half From Underneath
Fix the metal lower half from underneath (the paper ring and the rubber gasket) and tighten it with the brass nut below using pliers or channellock
Step 9 – Make Sure All The Nuts Are Tight
Using a channellock, make sure that all the nuts are tight and fit snugly in order to avoid any leakage.
Step 10 – Remove The Excess Plumber’s Putty
Once the nuts are tight, come back up and remove the excess plumber’s putty by hand or by using a paper towel.
Step 11 – Run The Water From The Faucet
After all the hard work, now you only need to run the water from the faucet to make sure that everything works as intended and there are no leaks.