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 p trap leaking
Author: pa_diy (PA)

Good morning,
I was replacing the tailpiece to my bathroom sink, which all went back in with no problem. When I reconnected the trap to the pipe that goes out the wall, now I have a leak at that joint. There is a bit of confusion on my part as to what got put in there when the bathroom was built, and I didn't do the rough in.

So, the pipe (1 1/2 pvc) comes out of the wall, has an elbow toward the floor, then a threaded fitting (male threads). I couldn't find a trap that had a female fitting attached, so I could connect to the existing threads. I ended up getting an S trap, and using what is the top half of that, since the slip joint is attached, and is the correct female threads. I used a nylon washer in that joint, along with thread sealant, which shouldn't have been necessary, but still the connection is slowly leaking.

Is there a correct fitting for this? Worse yet, do I need to cut off that elbow and re-plumb the existing pvc to get rid of that threaded end? Thanks for any help.

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 Re: p trap leaking
Author: packy (MA)

it's not the end of the world to have to cut off that elbow and glue on a 1 1/2 inch PVC trap adapter. it will have a slip nut facing you. then just get a new 1 1/2 PVC tubular trap, stick the trap arm into the trap adapter and slide the trap intp place and tighten.
skill level on a 1 to 10 with 10 most difficult..... 1.25

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 Re: p trap leaking
Author: pa_diy (PA)

Good advice Packy. I knew that wouldn't be a hard thing to accomplish, was just looking to save the effort of doing it if I could.

Sounds like the right thing to do is the cut and replace.

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